Glossary

AZA – The Association of Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) in a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to the advancement of zoological parks and aquariums for conservation, education, scientific studies and recreation.

Carnivore - Any of various predatory, flesh-eating animals including the dogs, cats, bears, weasels, hyenas, and raccoons.

Emigrate - To leave one country or region to settle in another.

Foraging - The act of looking or searching for food.

Gestation - The period of development in the uterus from conception until birth; pregnancy.

Habitat - The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs: a marine habitat.

Nomad - A member of a group which, has no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.

Pack - A group of animals, such as dogs or wolves, that run and hunt together.

Persecution – the act to oppress or harass with ill-treatment, to annoy persistently; bother.

Predator - An organism that lives by catching and eating other organisms.

Prey - An animal hunted or caught for food; quarry.

SSP – The Species Survival Plan (SSP) is an AZA-copyrighted cooperative breeding and conservation program designed to maintain a genetically viable and demographically stable population of a species in captivity and to organize zoo and aquarium based efforts to preserve the species in-situ.

Ungulate - Hoofed mammals such as horses, cattle, deer, swine, and elephants. Divided into two groups, those with an even number of hooves (Artiodactyla) and an odd number of hooves (Perissodactyla)