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Species Survival Plan®

Started in 1981, the Species Survival Plan (SSP) is population management and conservation program for selected species of wildlife. The program's goal is to maintain captive populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable. This is achieved, in part, through the operation of studbooks, which contain vital records of a species entire captive population. The SSP, which is run by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, also participates in research, education, and programs to reintroduce some species into the wild. Most of the SSP's 125 species are endangered or threatened. For more information on many of the SSP's animals, visit their listing of selected wildlife species.





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