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Working Towards a Wilder Future - Director Appointed to AZA Committee

Posted on October 05

When the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) sought participation with their Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s Jamie Dorgan, Director of Animal Care, Health & Welfare, answered the call.

The Animal Population Management Committee supports the development, promotion, evaluation and management of AZA’s cooperative Animal Programs, including more than 450 Species Survival Plans (SSPs). As a member of this committee, Jamie will be in a unique position to contribute to decisions that will ensure superior animal care, management and sustainability throughout AZA’s animal initiatives, including at home in Calgary.

“This is a prestigious and influential role within AZA,” said Dr. Clement Lanthier, President and CEO of the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. “This will put Jamie in a position to represent Canadian AZA-accredited zoos – robust and integrated population management is critical for our future.”

Jamie’s career in animal welfare and conservation translocation management has spanned nearly three decades. He has managed large teams of animal care specialists at several institutions, served on endangered species recovery teams and played a leadership role in initiating numerous conservation programs. Jamie joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo family in 2010, where his portfolio has grown to include strategic leadership of the teams responsible for the care, health and well-being of the 4,000 animals (118 species) hosted at Canada’s most visited wildlife conservation charity, as well two offsite wildlife conservation centres. Prior to that, he led the Greater Vancouver Zoo team for almost a decade.

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is proud to be one of seven AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in Canada, recognizing adherence to the highest standards in animal care and welfare while providing a safe and educational experience for guests. Jamie Dorgan’s involvement in the critical APM committee puts him at the forefront of helping to safeguard species from extinction – so we can restore the balance between wildlife and human life, together.

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