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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
Herp TAG Meetings
Hosted by the San Antonio Zoo: April 14 - 18, 2014
Please download the registration form and hotel information sheet. Register by March 1 to avoid late fees. Contact Sam Peterson or Craig Pelke for more details.
African Painted Dog Conference
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society: April 29 - May 2, 2014
Do you have interesting stories, discoveries, or observations about African Painted Dogs? Then the APD conference has an opportunity for you! We invite researchers, keepers, caregivers, veterinarians and others to present papers or posters regarding all aspects of painted dog care and management, in professional care and in the field. Papers and roundtable discussions will include the status of the dogs in the wild, field projects, husbandry, and veterinary care. Submission deadline is February 18, 2014. Visit the CZS website for more information or contact Christina Gorsuch.
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.
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.
Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Infertility Workshop
Sponsored by the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center: March 26-27, 2014 (AZA Mid-Year Meeting in Memphis, TN)
Many zoo-based animal populations are unsustainable. The logistics of bringing recommended pairs together may be one reason, but another not yet fully explored possibility is infertility. Thus, improving reproductive success and consequently, population sustainability, depends on identifying, treating and preferably preventing infertility. This 1.5-day workshop will bring together specialists in animal infertility to review currently available information, highlighting taxonomic differences in the causes of infertility and approaches to treatment and prevention. Registration fee $50, in addition to AZA conference registration.
Day 1 will start with presentations by invited speakers to provide background information, followed by working groups, organized by taxon, for discussion of possible types of infertility in their managed species. (9AM-5PM, lunch provided)
On Day 2 working groups will develop approaches tailored to each taxon, with the objective of formulating practical action plans, focusing particularly on methods for diagnosis and potential treatment of infertility. (8AM-Noon)
37th Annual Herpetology Conference
Hosted by the University of Florida: April 4 - 5, 2014
For two days in spring each year people converge in Gainesville, Florida to participate in The Herpetology Conference, the longest running regional herp symposium in the country. The Florida Museum of Natural History's Division of Herpetology convened the first conference in 1976 and has hosted every conference held since then. The gathering brings together amateur and professional herpetologists for talks, workshops, sharing of information, and exhibits of books, art, paraphernalia, and information. See website for 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.