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About C2S2

A Conservation Crisis

We are in the midst of a species extinction crisis like no other in history. The full implications of continued mass loss of animals on our planet are unknown, with the potential for far-reaching, catastrophic impacts to our environment and our own future. Historical approaches for preserving biodiversity have centered on saving habitat and protecting species living in these native wild places (in situ). The magnitude of the species crisis has become so great that it now is essential to explore more in-human-care (ex situ) initiatives. Ex situ populations can, and must, be active forces for species conservation.

assurING SPECIES SURVIVAL

To address this crisis, the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) brings together the collective expertise of large-sized  institutions committed to endangered species study, management, and recovery.    In the species extinction crisis, C2S2 has a crucial and unique role to play, through 1. Creating secure populations of endangered species, 2. Conducting the priority research that will enable source populations and in-range populations to prosper, and 3. Creating and facilitating networks of people across sectors taking action for conservation.

scale through partnerships

The need for significant space capacity necessitates the development of more big centers of breeding excellence, both in the public and private sectors. Private landowners in the US are an essential, powerful, and underutilized force for conservation. Because almost 60% of all US lands (and 95% of the land in Texas) is owned privately, it is only through strong public/private partnerships that species sustainability can be addressed on a global scale. C2S2 develops frameworks and standardized plans/processes for collaborative conservation actions across stakeholder groups. Working together, zoos, conservation centers, private landowners, and the government have the fundamental assets needed to create genetically diverse, secure assurance populations of the most endangered species.

Board and Advisors

C2S2's boards are composed of experts in conservation biology, reproduction, reintroduction science, animal care and management, and natural resource management.

Board of Directors

Dan Cassidy (Chair Elect/Secretary)

,

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

in

Omaha, NE

James Gregory (Treasurer)

,

Austin Savanna

in

Austin, TX

Jan Ramer

,

The Wilds

in

Cumberland, OH

Kelley Snodgrass

,

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

in

Glen Rose, TX

Mike Takacs

,

African Lion Safari

in

Hamilton, ON, Canada

David Wildt, PhD (Chairman/President)

,

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

in

Front Royal, VA

Board Observers

Dan Beetem

,

The Wilds

in

Cumberland, OH

Charlie Gray

,

African Lion Safari

in

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Justin Gregory

,

Austin Savanna

in

Austin, TX

Holly Haefele, DVM

,

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

in

Glen Rose, TX

Gareth Morgan

,

African Lion Safari

in

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Budhan Pukazhenthi, B.V.SC., PhD

,

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

in

Front Royal, VA

Steve Shurter

,

White Oak Conservation

in

Yulee, FL

Advisory Board

Craig Allenby

,

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

in

Pretoria, South Africa

Evan Blumer

,

OsoMono Ltd

in

Gahanna, OH

Nicole Cavender

,

The Morton Arboretum

in

Lisle, IL

Amy Chabot

,

African Lion Safari

in

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Peter Clark

,

Monarto Zoo

in

Monarto South, SA, Australia

Adrienne Crosier

,

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

in

Front Royal, VA

Joe deGraauw

,

Nashville Zoo

in

Nashville, TN

Leanne Elliott

,

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

in

New South Wales, Australia

Susie Ellis

,

International Rhino Foundation

in

Strasburg, VA

Gina Ferrie

,

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

in

Lake Buena Vista, FL

Lewis Greene

,

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

in

Powell, OH

Jack Grisham

,

Saint Louis Zoo

in

Saint Louis, MO

Sara Hallager

,

Smithsonian's National Zoo

in

Washington, DC

Larry Killmar

,

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

in

Tampa, FL

John Lukas

,

Wildlife Conservation Global/Okapi Conservation Project

in

Jacksonville, FL

Regina Mossotti

,

Endangered Wolf Center

in

Eureka, MO

Lauren Zarama

,

InKemia Green Chemicals

in

Houston, TX

History & Status

C2S2 Founding Members

In 2005, five of the world’s top endangered species breeding and management centers, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, San Diego Zoo Global, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, The Wilds, and White Oak Conservation, came together to form the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2), a consortium dedicated to developing novel and data-driven programs to sustain populations of species considered endangered.  The consortium cooperatively applies its substantial resources for the survival of species with unique needs, especially pertaining to large areas, natural group sizes, minimal public disturbance, and scientific research.

In 2014, C2S2 moved its central office from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. The following year C2S2 received 501(c)(3) status and hired its first Executive Director. At the 2015 annual October meeting of the Board of Directors, it was decided that C2S2 would develop a major plan to save an expanded portfolio of endangered species over the next 25 years, building on its existing models and developing new ways to address additional species that can benefit from C2S2’s unique resources. These broad-scale models for saving species from extinction are C2S2's Species Survival Initiatives: Global Populations, North American Species, Source Population Alliance, and Code Red Keystone.

Board and Advisors

C2S2's boards are composed of experts in conservation biology, reproduction, reintroduction science, animal care and management, and natural resource management.

Board of Directors

Jan Ramer, The Wilds in Cumberland, OH

James Gregory (Treasurer), Austin Savanna in Austin, TX

Dan Cassidy (Chair Elect/Secretary), Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, NE

Kelley Snodgrass, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, TX

Mike Takacs, African Lion Safari in Hamilton, ON, Canada

David Wildt, PhD (Chairman/President), Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA

Board Observers

Dan Beetem, The Wilds in Cumberland, OH

Charlie Gray, African Lion Safari in Hamilton, ON, Canada

Justin Gregory, Austin Savanna in Austin, TX

Holly Haefele, DVM, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, TX

Gareth Morgan, African Lion Safari in Hamilton, ON, Canada

Budhan Pukazhenthi, B.V.SC., PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA

Steve Shurter, White Oak Conservation in Yulee, FL

Advisory Board

Craig Allenby, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa

Evan Blumer, OsoMono Ltd in Gahanna, OH

Nicole Cavender, The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL

Amy Chabot, African Lion Safari in Hamilton, ON, Canada

Peter Clark, Monarto Zoo in Monarto South, SA, Australia 

Adrienne Crosier, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA

Joe deGraauw, Nashville Zoo in Nashville, TN

Susie Ellis, International Rhino Foundation in Strasburg, VA

Leanne Elliott, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Gina Ferrie, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, FL

Lewis Greene, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, OH

Jack Grisham, Saint Louis Zoo in Saint Louis, MO

Larry Killmar, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL

John Lukas, Wildlife Conservation Global/Okapi Conservation Project in Jacksonville, FL

Regina Mossotti, Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, MO

Lauren Zarama, InKemia Green Chemicals in Houston, TX 

Photo Credits (from top:)  
Scimitar-horned oryx: Dan Beetem, the WildsFounding C2S2 Group, White Oak Conservation, January 2005