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Endangered & Threatened Species

Red pandaAnimals across the globe are threatened with extinction due to a number of reasons, including but not limited to, poaching, and habitat loss and destruction. For an up-to-date list of species and their status in the wild, please visit the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) website.  Click here to access the IUCN website.

Species Survival Programs (SSP)

Many endangered and threatened species of animals are represented at Knoxville Zoo.  As an accredited AZA institution, the zoo is actively involved in AZA's Species Survival Plans (SSPs) for several select animals.  These animals are part of a cooperative population managment and conservation program involving many institutions and agencies.  These animals are specifically managed in order to ensure healthy, self-sustaining populations that maintain maximum genetic diversity and are demographically stable.  SSP animals are designated by Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), who are designated managers for particular taxa of animals (apes, lizards, marine mammals, etc.) to develop a more holistic cooperative approach to the managment of a species.

Knoxville Zoo manages 27 animal species involved in SSP programs including:




For more information on SSPs, please click here.