Lincoln Park Zoo hosts the Population Management Center (PMC) in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Established in June 2000, the center provides assistance to zoo professionals across the country by conducting demographic and genetic analyses and preparing breeding and transfer plans for Species Survival Plan® (SSP) and Red Studbook species. Operational support for the center is provided by the AZA, Rice Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Lincoln Park Zoo.
In their management of captive animals, zoos and aquariums focus on the long-term maintenance of healthy populations in conjunction with education and conservation goals. Cooperative, scientific population management is critical to the long-term sustainability of most zoo and some aquarium animal collections.
Science-based population management ensures that zoo and aquarium collections meet the following standards:
- They are maintained at the sizes necessary to meet the conservation and education missions of each species
- They retain the highest possible levels of genetic diversity
- They will not grow beyond the zoo and aquarium community's ability to care for them.
Working closely with staff from the zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology, the PMC staff participates in the development and evaluation of population management software, evaluates disease risks and/or reproductive status, and models the impact of potential management strategies on population size and structure.
To schedule a planning meeting or receive population management or software advice for an AZA Studbook or Species Survival Plan®, please contact Studbook Analyst Kelvin Limbrick.
Population Management Center Executive Summary
Population Planning Overview
How AZA Population Managers Can Help
Population Management Guidelines
PMC Planning Process Flow Chart
Preparing for a Planning Meeting with the PMC
How to Publish a Studbook using PopLink
How to Publish a Studbook using SPARKS
Sending and Receiving Studbooks in PopLink and SPARKS