Husbandry

Care of Gorillas

The gorillas living in accredited zoos across North America are our primary charges. The SSP® helps individual zoos keep informed with the latest techniques and management strategies for housing gorillas to optimize their well-being.

Welfare Standards

The Standardized Guidelines project is a collaborative effort between the TAGs, SSPs, AZA Animal Welfare Committee, and individual AZA members to create guidelines for animal care for all vertebrates in AZA collections. These guidelines will combine up-to-date scientific information and years of animal care expertise in an easy-to-use template that identifies the biological and physical needs of the animals. The Standardized Guidelines will also contain current TAG recommendations.

The Gorilla SSP is hard at work on the standardized guidelines for gorillas. Soon they will be reviewed by internal and external sources and available here on the website.

Guidelines for the captive care of primates produced by the International Primatological Society can be found here.