The Species Survival Plan (SSP) program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Most SSP species are endangered or threatened in the wild. Also, SSP species are often flagship species, well-known animals which arouse strong feelings in the public for their preservation and the protection of their habitat.
The mission of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan Program is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.
Current Seneca Park Zoo SSP Ambassadors (as of 12/12/13):