The 2013 Felid TAG mid-year meeting will be June 27 to 29 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Seventh Annual Felid TAG Husbandry Course will be held June 23 to 26. The Pfaff Memorial Husbandry Course scholarship will once again be offered.
Stay tuned for further information about both events including hotel, registration.
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In 1990, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) developed a system for examining and managing the conservation and management needs of groups of related species, or taxa. These groups are called TAGs, short for Taxon Advisory Groups. Examples of some basic taxonomic groups for which AZA TAGs exist are amphibians, antelopes, penguins, and marine fish. Each TAG consists of representatives from AZA-member institutions, as well as individuals with special expertise, such as AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinators and studbook keepers.
Select from the photos below to learn more about the 16 species (there are three subspecies of tiger managed by the same SSP) managed under the Felid TAG. The Felid TAG does not manage all 36 recognized species of felids.
The AZA community has to be very selective about which species we need to focus our resources on conserving at any given time. Species may be added or taken off the TAG managed list periodically, based on what the needs of that species are and how likely it is that zoos can manage and conserve them effectively.
For each of these species there is an active Species Survival Program (SSP) or Population Management Plan (PMP) place. The SSP and PMP groups work hard to ensure that individual animals are managed and bred in such a way as to responsibly and effectively propagate each species.
Panthera pardus orientalis