Species Survival Plans (SSPs) are programs implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that were developed to help ensure the survival of genetically viable animal populations. The Tiger Species Survival Plan is one of those programs set in place partnering with AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America. This specific SSP works to maintain and increase genetically diverse tiger populations across the continent, as well as educate people on the importance of tiger conservation. The Tiger SSP includes Amur, Malayan, Sumatran, and generic tiger populations.
Why do they need our support?
Amur, Malayan, and Sumatran tigers are all species considered to be Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Of each species, less than 500 individuals remain in their wild habitats. Populations continue to decrease as tigers are threatened by habitat loss and human impact.