Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Prehensile-Tailed Skink

This skink gets its name from its tail which can be used curl around objects such as branches for balance.This is the only known species of skink with a prehensile, or grasping, tail.

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Conservation

Conservation In Action at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 


The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos AZA Logoand Aquariums. This means that wildlife conservation and conservation education are primary goals of our zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo participates in a number of programs to further conservation and animal welfare. These programs include Species Survival Plans (SSP), Population Management Plans (PMP), Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG), Conservation Action Partnership (CAP) and regional cooperative breeding and research programs.

SSP populations in AZA zoos are managed using a breeding registry called a studbook. AZA committees make decisions on breeding using studbooks and cooperative planning among zoo professionals. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo coordinates and publishes the studbook and PMP for the endangered Turkmenian markhor and the studbook for white-handed gibbon and Armenian mouflon sheep. The zoo is nationally recognized for its successful Asian Elephant breeding program. We also participate in the Coral Reef CAP.

Population Management Programs (PMPs) help AZA accredited zoos manage and conserve a select wild species population with voluntary cooperation of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and other approved participants. More than 300 PMP facilities contribute Population Management Plans that identify population management goals and make recommendations to ensure sustainability of healthy, genetically diverse and varied populations.

The zoo's Animal Enrichment Committee, formed in 2000, plans and coordinates the daily enrichment and training of the animals in our care to improve their welfare and stimulate their natural behaviors in ways that enrich their lives.

The zoo also supports many wildlife conservation projects around the world.

Read a MyZoo story about the zoo's conservation contributions here.

 

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