Species Survival Plan
Because of their commitment to captive propagation of endangered species, zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are the last refuge many animals have against extinction. Collectively, zoos and aquariums are the largest conservation education organization in the world, and professionals feel that preserving ecosystems should be a priority in wildlife conservation.
Programs such as Species Survival Plan (SSP) are cooperative efforts among zoos to manage the propagation of endangered or threatened species. The Alexandria Zoo participates in approximately 52 SSP's. Species Survival Plan Programs: