Species Survival Plans®

The National Aviary is an accredited institution within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science. 

The National Aviary participates in the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP®) Program. The SSP® program helps ensure the survival of selected wildlife species within zoos through breeding management and the maintenance of a healthy, self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and stable. Participating SSP® organizations, like the National Aviary, also participate in a variety of other conservation activities including research, public education, field projects and reintroduction programs. 

National Aviary is home to more than 60 bird species that are part of the Species Survival Plan® program including the Andean condor, African Pygmy Goose, Fairy bluebird, Great Argus Pheasant, Guam Rail, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Burrowing Owl, African Penguin, Keel-Billed Toucan, Micronesian Kingfisher and Victoria Crowned Pigeon. 

How You Can Help

You can support the National Aviary’s participation in the AZA Species Survival Plan® by Becoming a Member, by Adopting a Bird or by Making a Donation to the National Aviary.

AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. Visit www.aza.org to learn more.