This week we welcome back Jon Miot, Director of the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Who also happens to be married to Angie. Jon sits with us to discuss how zoos and conservation organizations are saving endangered species. Specifically, Jon talks about what Species Survival Plans are, what are stud books and how are these organizations breeding these animals. All critical to their survival as emergency populations to their wild counterparts. In some instances, these SSPs are the last effort to save a species that is extinct in the wild. These decisions are not as easy as it looks and takes incredible thought and coordination. An interesting discussion to say the least.
You can learn more about the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SSP program by visiting: Species Survival Plan Programs | AZA