Chimpanzee SSP Committees


The core of the SSP is made up of institutional representatives from each zoo holding chimpanzees. These representatives report the status of their groups to an elected steering committee made up of a chair, vice-chair and other elected members. In addition, the SSP has a number of advisors on issues important to the management of chimpanzees.
Members of the SSP Steering Committee are elected by representatives from each institution holding chimpanzees. Committee Members serve 3-year terms before coming up for re-election.

Steering committee

Steve Ross, Chair Lincoln Park Zoo
Jennifer Davis, Vice-chair Oregon Zoo
Jennifer Ireland, secretary North Carolina Zoo
Syd Tanner Little Rock Zoo
LeeAnn Rottman Lowry Park Zoo
Candice Sclimenti Los Angeles Zoo
Terry Wolf Lion Country Safari
Judy McCaulliffe Houston Zoo

Advisory committee

Kathryn Gamble (Veterinary) Lincoln Park Zoo
Kay Backues (Veterinary) Tulsa Zoo
Mollie Bloomsmith (Research) Yerkes Primate Center
Nadine Kocanjer (Education) Disney's Animal Kingdom
Hani Freeman (Personality Research) Disney's Animal Kingdom
Elizabeth Lonsdorf (Conservation) Franklin and Marshall College
Tammie Bettinger (Sanctuaries) Disney's Animal Kingdom


AZA The American Zoo and Aquarium Association, our governing body.
NAPSA The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance is a group of dedicated organizations providing lifetime homes for chimpanzees and other primates.
Ape TAG The Taxon Advisory Group for apes in AZA zoos.
Chimp Haven A home for chimpanzees retired from biomedical research.
PASA The Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance: caring for the staggering number of chimpanzees orphaned in Africa as a result of the pet trade, the bushmeat crisis and other factors.
BCTF Bushmeat Crisis Task Force: a consortium of conservation organizations and scientists dedicated to the conservation of wildlife populations threatened by commercial hunting.