Global CSS - United States: Indianapolis Zoo

Established in 2019, the Global Center for Species Survival team consists of seven conservation experts with a taxonomic or thematic focus, a behaviour change specialist, a public relations specialist and a director. Current team members include Monika Böhm (freshwater), Cátia Canteiro (plants & fungi), Sérgio Henriques (invertebrates), Samuel Ivande (birds), Julia Geschke (amphibians & reptiles), Kelly Griese (PR) and Bill Street (director). The Global Center’s goal is to provide effective support to the SSC network to accelerate the progress from conservation risk assessment and action planning to concrete interventions that will save species. The Global Center also dramatically expanded the capacity to establish and foster partnerships, in particular between SSC Specialist Groups, taxon advisory groups, individual zoos and aquariums and with Association level programs such as AZA’s SAFE.

The Global Center for Species Survival is built upon a partnership and a commitment to conservation. As human pressure continues to drive biodiversity loss, the work of conservationists from around the world becomes more vital in protecting and restoring nature. Only through collaboration can we protect species and the spaces they call home.
That’s why the Indianapolis Zoo partnered with the world’s largest conservation organization – the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – which connects thousands of dedicated species experts under the Species Survival Commission (SSC).
The Global Center for Species Survival supports, connects and communicates the work of more than 10,500 conservationists joined together in the 167 Specialist Groups, Task Forces and Conservation Committees of the IUCN SSC. It is the mission of the Global Center to support the IUCN SSC in influencing, encouraging and assisting societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature. 
The Global Center opened with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. In addition to serving as a conservation hub, the Global Center also hosts international meetings and conferences, furthering economic benefit to the community and solidifying the Zoo’s efforts to make Indianapolis one of the most conservation-literate cities in the world.

Supporting the Species Conservation

Support IUCN SSC Specialist Groups in achieving their targets and goals to save species

The Global Center team supports IUCN SSC Specialist Groups in a variety of ways. From contributing to species assessments and hosting webinars and workshops, to supporting the development of new specialist groups and recruiting new members. We also contribute content to the IUCN SSC’s “one-stop-shop” resource site for SSC members, Specialist Groups and Centers for Species Survival. 

Communicate the work of the IUCN SSC to a wide audience

Through the Global Center website, social media, traditional media and direct communication with Specialist Group members, the Global Center team spreads the word about the incredible conservation work of the IUCN SSC to a global audience, utilizing the expertise of our Conservation Coordinators. 

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Connect Specialist Groups with the IUCN SSC and across the wider conservation world

The Global Center team connects Specialist Groups through workshops, webinars, assessments and publications. 

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Meet our team

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Bill Street

Bill Street

Director. Bill is a passionate environmental educator, zoologist and conservationist. He has been a leader in zoos and aquariums for over 30 years. He assists and consults with zoological facilities.


Monika Böhm

Monika Böhm

Freshwater Coordinator. With more than a decade’s experience supporting freshwater IUCN assessments, Dr Monika Böhm brings vast knowledge on the diverse conservation issues affecting freshwater species.

Cátia Canteiro

Cátia Canteiro

Plants and Fungi Coordinator. With more than 10 years of experience working on the conservation of plants and fungi, Cátia’s career began with conservation planning and action, including environmental impact assessments, monitoring studies and the restoration of temporary ponds. 

Sérgio Henriques

Sérgio Henriques

Invertebrates Coordinator. Dr Sérgio Henriques uses his more than 20 years of experience mobilising resources to promote arachnid conservation. He also chairs the IUCN SSC Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group.

Samuel Ivande

Samuel Ivande

Birds Coordinator. Sam is a conservation biologist and educator who most recently served as Research and Teaching Director at the foremost conservation and ornithology training institute in west Africa –the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute at the University of Jos in Plateau, Nigeria.

Julia Geschke

Julia Geschke

Reptile and Amphibian Coordinator. Julia has worked with a variety of wildlife species and conservation organisations. She brings her experience with herpetofauna along with expertise in conservation funding, policy, and geospatial analysis to her role at the Global Center.

Kelly Griese

Kelly Griese

Communications Coordinator. Kelly is an energetic advocate for the natural world. As the public relations specialist for the Global Center for Species Survival, she is tasked with helping the public understand the complexities of conservation.