Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Species Survival Plan
Good Zoo at Oglebay
How do we decide which animals that we are going to get at the zoo? One way we make these decisions is through Species Survival Plans (SSP's). In 1982, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) developed a managed breeding program known as Species Survival Plans to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and Sustainability Partners.
There are currently more than 450 species managed by SSP programs within AZA. Each SSP management group is responsible for developing a population studbook which is a fancy family tree or record of relationship for an entire species within our zoos and aquariums. Each SSP management group also has to develop a breeding and transfer plan which uses special computer software to determine which individuals within each species are the best match for each other genetically. The results from this genetics software are used to make breeding recommendations to ensure sustainable populations of species within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1982.
Location. 40° 5.78′ N, 80° 40.018′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is on Zoo Circle, 0.3 miles south of Waddington Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 432 Zoo Cir, Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alpaca (a few steps from this marker); Llama (a few steps from this marker); Boer and Nubian Goats (within shouting distance of this marker); Saanen Goat and Nigerian Dwarf Goat (within shouting distance of this marker); Snow Leopard (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Chinese Goral (within shouting distance of this marker); How The Zoo Grew (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Box Turtle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.