How does the WCC fulfill its mission?

The WCC ensures that contraceptives are safe and effective by:

  • maintaining a Contraception Database on contraceptive use in mammals, as well as some species of birds, reptiles, and fishes
  • analyzing data on the efficacy and safety of contraceptives used in zoos
  • conducting comprehensive pathologic examinations on reproductive tracts, in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Surveillance Program, to watch for possible side effects of contraceptive use

The WCC helps bring new contraceptive methods to the zoo, aquarium, and wildlife communities by:

  • initiating and coordinating research trials of promising new methods
  • monitoring research trials and providing data to the FDA
  • working with commercial partners to make new contraceptives available and affordable

The WCC assists AZA Species Survival Plan coordinators, the AZA Population Management Center (PMC), curators, wildlife managers and veterinarians in choosing and administering appropriate contraceptives by:

  • regularly updating contraception information and recommendations on our webpage
  • providing species-specific contraception guidelines for AZA Animal Care Manuals
  • working with the AZA PMC to incorporate contraception recommendations in species masterplans
  • providing both telephone and electronic "Help Lines" to assist animal managers with specific contraceptive questions or concerns
  • providing both telephone and electronic "Help Lines" to assist the zoo community with specific contraceptive questions or concerns