When bringing different animals to the ICC, we will select species in need of hands-on research and conservation work. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will lead the international effort to determine the best methods for breeding threatened and endangered species. As such, the second phase of the ICC will expand the center's focus to other species in critical need. Possible species include cheetahs, Grevy's zebras, and black rhinos. In identifying species, the Zoo will:
•Research species in need of help and develop criteria for species residing at the ICC.
•Outline criteria, determining if the facility will provide for the rehabilitation of specific animals, breeding animals, holding animals, etc.
•Utilize the space at the ICC for species that have been identified as needing acreage for health and reproduction
•Ensure the long-and short-term health and well being of the individual animals in our care as well as the species they represent
•Conduct husbandry, behavioral, and reproductive research with the animals in our care
•Serve as a holding facility for other Zoos that need our help with animals that meet the criteria of the ICC