The Tiger SSP is one of the first Species Survival Plans developed by AZA, in the early 1980’s. The first coordinator, Dr. Ulysses S. Seal, was responsible for creating the first steps of a scientific approach to the management of an endangered species in captivity, using the tiger as a model. Today, most of the zoos of the world follow a similar plan for the management of many of their endangered species.
Currently, the Tiger SSP manages more than 350 tigers at 112 AZA-accredited institutions across North America. Four individual SSPs comprise the overall Tiger SSP: the Amur Tiger SSP, the Malayan Tiger SSP, the Sumatran Tiger SSP, and the Generic Tiger SSP.