Animal Programs Workshops, Conferences, & Meetings

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AZA's Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) and Species Survival Plan® Programs (SSPs) are important providers of professional development for animal care professionals.  Check out these great training opportunities to enrich your career!  If you are aware of an animal-related or TAG or SSP workshop that is not listed here, please contact the AZA Conservation & Science Department. 

Animal  Program Workshops, Conferences, Meetings

Joint TAG Chairs Meeting
Hosted by Vogelpark  Avifauna in Alphen aan de Rijn in the Netherlands: June 1 – 3, 2014

A joint TAG chairs meeting provides the opportunity to build bridges between regional TAGs and to discuss and advance existing inter-regional and global collection planning structures and tools – including the recently launched WAZA Global Species Management Plans (GSMPs). The meeting will also offer opportunities for networking with regional associations both those with and without extensively established collection planning structures and procedures. Last but not least, the programme will focus on global capacity building (internally and externally) for intensively managed populations for species conservation EAZA will invite its TAGs to schedule their midyear meetings to be held in Avifauna following the joint TAG chairs meeting, 4–8 June 2014, as to make sure there is ample opportunity for TAG-to-TAG discussions as well. See the flyer for more details.

Joint AZA Canid/Hyenid and Felid TAG Mid-Year Meeting
Hosted by Smithsonian Cons. Biology Institute (SCBI): June 8 - 14, 2014

Felid Husbandry Course June 8 – 11
SSP meetings June 10 - 11
Joint TAG meetings: June 12 - 14

Conference registration is now open with more information on travel logistics to/from airport to SCBI to follow.  It is important to register early since there are some space limits.  The registration form can be used to register for the Felid TAG husbandry course, the SSP meetings, the joint TAG meeting or combinations of these.  The form also includes important information about registration fees and lodging options. Contact Paul Marinari at SCBI if you have trouble with the registration form.  Submissions for presentations will be in one of four categories that will include both canids and felids: Animal Health; Conservation & Sustainability; Husbandry & Education.  Deadline for submissions will be April 15, 2014; send submissions to Cheryl Morris.
1. Title
2. Category you wish to present in (from above, or I'll assign you one)
3. Presenting author
4. Institution 

Prosimian TAG Mid-Year Meeting
Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: September 3 - 5, 2014

Please join us for a 3 day meeting beginning with Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) planning and 2 days of TAG topics and master planning. We will highlight the Joint EAZA/AZA TAG Chair meeting and where our programs will go from here with respect to global cooperation. In addition we will feature a small session on appropriate nocturnal prosimian lighting – the necessity and the controversy. Hotel information will be made available in the coming months. For more information please contact Christie Eddie.

Old World Monkey TAG (OWMTAG) Annual Meeting
Hosted by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo: October 7 - 9, 2014

The Old World Monkey TAG will be holding their annual meeting at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo October 7th – 9th, 2014. Topics for the first 2 days will include general TAG business, updates on animal programs, progress on goals and a follow-up to the WAZA Joint TAG meetings. Day 3 will include masterplanning sessions and open group discussions. Questions to Christie Eddie, meeting host, or Joe Knobbe, TAG Chair. See flyer for additional details. 


History of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation
Hosted by Arizona State University:
May 18 - 25, 2014

The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar is an intensive week with annually varying topics designed for a group of no more than 25 advanced graduate students, postdoctoral associates, younger scholars, and established researchers in biology, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. See website for more details.

Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI)
Hosted by Antioch University, New England:  June 15 - 18, 2014

Attending the Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) at Antioch University New England will afford participants a balance of opportunities including interactive learning, one on one mentoring with experts, and opportunities for networking with a diverse group of peers. The CPI faculty are all gifted educators and coursework will balance classroom experiences, small and large group dialogue, and with hands-on activities that illustrate conservation psychology topics. Our 4-day institute will build toward applied and scenario-based activities drawn from the experiences of the faculty and the institute participants. See website for details.

3rd International Flamingo Symposium
San Diego, CA: October 5 - 9, 2014

The scientific content of the presentations will focus on all aspects of flamingo conservation including basic ecological studies, wild population accounts, zoological behavior, and husbandry studies.  Workshops will focus on collaborations and conservation. Early conference registration available until August 14. Pre- and Post-trips to the San Diego Zoo Global and San Diego Zoo Global Safari Park, and only 30 spots are available.  All information can be found on the symposium