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Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs)

The taxon advisory groups within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are groups of experts responsible for making recommendations for AZA institutions regarding similar groups of animals (taxa).

TAG recommendations are published in Regional Collection Plans, or RCPs. TAGs evaluate the need for captive rearing of species and help define the holding space available for species held in AZA institutions. RCPs include recommendations for which species should be maintained in captivity, and how much space should be allocated to each species. TAGs also develop Action Plans with specific priorities for conservation projects designed to help species in the wild and in zoos and aquariums. For opportunities to become more involved in the AZA Taxon Advisory Groups click here.
Anseriformes TAG

Anseriformes TAG
Waterfowl Species Profiles
AZA: Keith Lovett - Buttonwood Park Zoo
EAZA: Bernd Marcordes - KOELN

Charadriformes TAG Charadriformes TAG
AZA: Aimee Greenbaum - Monterey Bay
EAZA: Vacant
Ciconiiformes TAG Ciconiformes/Phoenicopteriformes TAG
AZA: Harrison Edell - Dallas Zoo
EAZA: Cathy King - ANTWERP
Columbiformes TAG Columbiformes TAG
AZA: Gary Michael (VC) - Louisville Zoo
EAZA: Duncan Bolton - PAIGNTON
Coraciiformes TAG Coraciiformes TAG
AZA: Paul Schutz - Disney's Animal Kingdom
EAZA: Koen Brouwer - ATTICA
Galliformes TAG Galliformes TAG
AZA : Chris Holmes - Houston Zoo
EAZA: Geer Scheres - ZUTENDAAL
Cracid TAG
AZA : Chris Holmes - Houston Zoo
EAZA: Geer Scheres - ZUTENDAAL
Gruiiformes TAG Gruiformes TAG
Kori Bustard SSP Website
AZA: Mike Taylor - Jacksonville Zoo
EAZA: Geer Scheres - ZUTENDAAL
Parrot TAG Parrot TAG
Lorikeet/Budgie Questionnaire
AZA: Joe Barkowski - Tulsa Zoo
EAZA: Simon Brusland - HEIDELBERG
PACCT TAG Passeriformes, Apodiformes, Coliiformes, Caprimulgiformes & Trogoniformes TAG
AZA: Tim Snyder - Brookfield Zoo
EAZA: David Jeggo (Passeriformes Only) -
Pelecaniiformes TAG Pelecaniformes TAG
AZA: Diane Olsen - Moody Gardens
EAZA: Bernd Marcordes - KOELN
Penguin TAG Penguin TAG
AZA: Tom Schneider - Detroit Zoo
EAZA: Pierre de Wit - EMMEN
Piciformes TAG Piciformes TAG
AZA: Michael Macek - St. Louis Zoo
EAZA: Laura Gardner - LONDON
Raptor TAG Raptor TAG
AZA: Scott Tidmus - Disney's Animal Kingdom
EAZA: Mark Habben - LONDON
Ratite TAG Struthioniformes TAG
AZA: Sara Hallager - Smithsonian's National Zoo
EAZA: Joost Lammers - ALPHEN
Turaco and Cuckoo TAG Turaco and Cuckoo TAG
AZA: Scott Newland - Sedgwick Co Zoo
EAZA: Laura Gardner - LONDON