A Species Survival Plan (SSP) is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), as well as non-AZA participants (like Wolf Haven). An SSP program is designed to oversee the population management of an endangered species in captivity and to enhance their conservation in the wild. The program was developed in 1981 to help ensure the survival of selected species, most of which are threatened or in danger of extinction in the wild.

Wolf Haven International participates in two separate Species Survival Plan programs for critically endangered wolves: the Mexican gray wolf SSP and the Red wolf SSP.