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Andean Bear SAFE

Andean Bear SAFE is a part of the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction.  Learn more about our program leaders, how we work with AZA towards conservation, and how to become involved.

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, consists of threatened species - specific programs, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. The SAFE program is world-wide collaborative effort towards animal conservation and has provided resources and collective expertise towards helping to save species and promote the protection of wildlife.

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Andean Bear SAFE 

The Andean Bear SAFE program was first launched in August 2019.  The focus on the program is to raise awareness of this vulnerable and elusive species, highlight and carry out conservation efforts, and help determine ways to mitigate threats to the species. 

The Andean Bear SAFE program is currently working on its action plan, which details the various focuses of our SAFE program and how our SAFE program members and partners will carry these focuses to success. This program aims to raise awareness about Andean Bear populations and habitats, through use of public engagement, funding efforts, and conservation work. 


Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

AZA is responsible for accreditation for zoos and aquariums.  It also serves as the home network for all AZA SAFE programs


  • Kym Gopp, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 

Vice Program

  • Sara Colandrea, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park 

Steering Committee

  • Kym Gopp, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 

Program Advisors

  • Kym Gopp, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 

Education Advisors

  • Kym Gopp, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 



Protecting the World’s Most Endangered Species

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