The Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan
The Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP) serves 34 zoos across the United States to help guide the management of the chimpanzee population. Although our primary role is in population management, we are ultimately interested in the health and wellbeing of ALL chimpanzees, including those living outside accredited zoos and in the wild. The Chimpanzee SSP is administered under the Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG).
There are over 107 species survival plans covering 161 species administered by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Species range from lions and rhinos to toads and toucans. You can find out more about SSPs at www.aza.org.
The 2016 Chimpanzee Masterplan meeting will be at Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL). More information will be posted soon.
The next Chimpanzee Husbandry Workshop will be in 2017 and hosted by Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Stay tuned for more details.
Program Goals (REACH)
Research Science guides much of the management practices of the SSP. Find out more about what research projects are currently being conducted by the SSP.
Education Public outreach is a vital component if we are to make a difference in public attitudes towards chimpanzees. Find out more about recent education initiatives sponsored by the Chimpanzee SSP.
Advocacy Chimpanzees faces myriad challenges in today's world. The Chimpanzee SSP is committed to taking a stand on some of the critical issues facing the species as well as promoting optimal care in zoos.
Conservation Critically endangered in their native Africa, chimpanzee populations are perilously low due to several factors including deforestation, disease and the bushmeat crisis. The SSP supports in situ activities that address these critical issues.
Husbandry The people that look after chimpanzees in accredited zoos have some of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs around. The SSP serves these institutions by providing contemporary information about the proper care and management of chimpanzee groups in a variety of settings.
Chimpanzees are one of the five types of great apes along with gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and humans. They are well-known for their intelligence, tool-use, and complex social behavior patterns. They, along with bonobos, are considered to be the most closely related species to humans.
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Caring for Chimpanzees
Together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Chimpanzee SSP serves the 35 accredited zoos housing chimpanzees in North America.
Working closely with respected professionals in the field, the SSP provides help and guidance to zoos housing chimpanzees. Together, zoos and the SSP seeks to provide the best possible environment for these amazing animals.
All over the world, chimpanzees are facing great challenges. The Chimpanzee SSP is committed to advancing the care of chimpanzees and making a stand on some of the critical issues facing chimpanzees today