November 11-16, 2013
Priority Admission will be given to current AZA SSP/PMP Managers and individual members through July 12, 2013.
Please note, payment is now due at the time of registration. Please do not submit a registration form without payment, as it will not be processed.
To pay by check or purchase order:
Download the PMII COURSE REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail with check or purchase order
To pay by credit card:
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Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recommendations teaches the integration of demography, genetics and husbandry to set population goals and make breeding recommendations for zoo and aquarium populations. This course produces competent managers for zoo or aquarium populations.
Tuition & Expenses
Early Bird Rates
$850 for AZA Individual Members
$950 for Non-members
$950 for AZA Individual Members
$1050 for Non-members
The AZA registration fee above covers only tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page.
Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process.
$20 for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - this option is available to anyone
$1,000 for graduate credit as a student in George Mason University's Zoo & Aquarium Leadership program
$1,480.75 for graduate credit as an in-state (Virginia) student not enrolled in George Mason University
$3,427.00 for graduate credit as an out-of-state student not enrolled in George Mason University
This course is designed for current and prospective Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinators and Population Management Plan managers that desire to understand the biology and process behind making breeding recommendations. Priority is given to current SSP and PMP managers and AZA members. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.
Population Management I or Studbook I. Applicants must submit an institutional letter of support, written by a supervisor or director. The letter must include: the studbook(s) which the applicant keeps or has applied to keep; an expression of institutional support for keeping the studbook(s) and the date of when Population Management I or Studbook I was completed.
Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made.
Travel and Accommodations
Please refer to our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page for more details on travel and accommodations, including pricing.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.
Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site.
Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.
Topics & Instructors
- Why Manage Captive Populations?
This topic focuses on the importance of population management for the modern zoological facility and their partner institutions. The thesis presented is that population management is a part of responsible animal management, regardless of its implications for conservation. Without good management we will have less viable populations in the future.
- SSPs , PMPs and DERPs
Presentations introduce students to the differences and similarities of the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP), Population Management Plan (PMP) and Display/Education/Research Program (DERP). Examples of successful SSP, PMP and DERP programs are presented as models and to show how Species Survival Plans can truly become holistic conservation efforts.
- Creation of an Analytical Database
This section helps students understand the steps that must be completed to transform a "good" studbook into a database that can be analyzed properly. For example, students learn general guidelines for making assumptions on animals of unknown or questionable ancestry. Should they be included in the management plan or not? What should be done with animals of partially known ancestry? Various methods to subset the database and select only the animals under program management are presented. This provides a specifically defined population for which a management plan can be completed and recommendations made.
This section provides students with an understanding of demographic analysis using tools such as the age pyramid, growth rate, and life table to better manage the size of a captive population. Each topic is illustrated using examples from the zoo field. Students learn to run the demographic software on their studbooks and how to interpret the results.
This section provides students with a quick review of basic genetics and then focuses on the tenets of population genetics. The different types of genetic variation are discussed as well as strategies for maintaining them in a captive population. Students learn to run the genetic software on their studbooks and how to interpret the results.
Topics have been selected to instill in students a basic understanding of how biological attributes of a species and husbandry practices affect population management. A discussion of using surveys to answer husbandry questions that affect management is included. Examples of how husbandry issues and concerns effect Master Plan recommendations will be presented.
- Setting Population Goals
Based on the demographic and genetic analysis and the species biology and husbandry, students learn to set realistic population goals. Goals include setting an appropriate population size, length of program, and amount of genetic variation to preserve.
- Management Plan Development
Once students have learned how to retrieve the demographic, genetic and husbandry pieces and set population goals, they learn to create an effective management plan complete with animal-by-animal breeding recommendations. During the course students complete two management plans as a class, one with a small group, and one with a partner. This repetition helps instill the basic analytic steps of management plan preparation as well as showing how different species have vastly different factors impinging on their management plans.
Jamie Ivy, Ph.D., Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo
Katelyn Marti, Associate Population Biologist - Population Management Center, Lincoln Park Zoo
Andrea Putnam, Ph.D., Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo
Sarah Long, Director - Population Management Center, Lincoln Park Zoo
Colleen Lynch, Curator of Birds - Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Sara Sullivan, Associate Population Biologist - Population Management Center, Lincoln Park Zoo
For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Training Department or call (301) 562-0777 x243