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The mission of any Species Survival Plan, according to the AZA, is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species by managing breeding, integrating conservation strategies, increasing public awareness, conducting basic and applied research, training wildlife and zoo professionals, developing and testing various technology relevant to field conservation, and reintroducing captive bred wildlife.

The African Wild Dogs SSP will implement a combination of the following strategies:

  • Organizing scientifically-controlled managed breeding programs for selected wildlife as a hedge against extinction.
  • Cooperating with other institutions and agencies to ensure integrated conservation strategies.
  • Increasing public awareness of wildlife conservation issues, including development and implementation of education strategies at AZA-member institutions and in the field.
  • Conducting basic and applied research to contribute to our knowledge of various species.
  • Training wildlife and zoo professionals.
  • Developing and test various technologies relevant to field conservation.
  • Reintroducing captive-bred wildlife into restored or secure habitat as appropriate and necessary.