The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is an acredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This means that species survival, ecosystem health and conservation education are primary goals of our zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo cooperates in a number of programs to further conservation and animal welfare. Among these programs are: Species Survival Plans (SSP), Population Management Plans (PMP), Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG), Conservation Action Partnership (CAP) and regional cooperative breeding and research programs.
SSP populations in AZA zoos are managed using a studbook. The decision to breed an animal is made using studbooks and cooperative planning of many zoo professionals. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park coordinates and publishes the studbook and PMP for the endangered Turkmenian markhor and studbook for the white-handed gibbon. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is nationally recognized for its successful breeding program with the Asian Elephant. We also participate in the Coral Reef CAP.
Population Management Programs (PMPs) help AZA accredited zoos to manage and conserve a select ex situ (in ghe wild) species population with the voluntary cooperation of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and Approved Non-Member Participants. There are currently over 300 PMP Programs, each of which is responsible for developing a Population Management Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendations that will ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population.
The Behavioral Enrichment Committee, formed in 2000, plans and coordinates the daily enrichment and training of the animals to improve the welfare of the animals and stimulate natural behavior of animals in our care.