Principles of Elephant Management - Directors Edition

Hosted by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel 
Baltimore, MD 
August 27, 2022

Directors at elephant holding facilities are invited to join us in Baltimore, MD for a session of Principles of Elephant Management - Directors Edition. This course will take place prior to the AZA Annual Conference. This course is only open to Directors at facilities holding elephants. 

Course Objectives
  • SSP/TAG Updates

  • Standards and Protocols

  • Training Theory and Terminology

  • Conflict Resolution

  • System Definitions

  • Behavioral Components

  • Public/Media Relations

  • Animal Welfare Issues

  • Enrichment

  • Tools/Equipment/Facility Design

  • Problem Solving

  • Medical Management

  • Elephant Foot Care

  • Elephant Reproduction/Birth Management/Calf Introductions

  • Successful Elephant Program Components

Course Schedule

Saturday, August 27, 2022
 - Course begins at 8 AM 
 - Continental breakfast and lunch provided
 - Course ends at 5:30 PM

Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed. 


Bryan Amaral, Senior Curator - Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Jennifer D'Agostino, DVM, DACZM, Director of Veterinary Services - Oklahoma City Zoo
Daryl Hoffman
, Curator of Large Mammals - Houston Zoo
Sharon Joseph, Project Manager - Birmingham Zoo
Mike McClure
, General Curator & Elephant Collections Manager - Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Nick Newby, Elephant Program Manager - White Oak Conservation Center
Vernon Presley, Curator - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Is This Course Right For You?

This course is only open to Directors at elephant holding facilities. Any questions can be directed to

Travel & Accommodations

Air Travel
Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) is about a 20 minute drive from the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. With options ranging from public transportation to app-based ride services, you can find a mode of transportation to meet your travel needs. Explore the choices to figure out which option is best for you.

Course participants may stay at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland and the class meets on-site. Additional lodging options include the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor and the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace.

Course Registration

Rate: Registration Deadline August 5, 2022

For information regarding our registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page. Accepted forms of payment for registration are by credit card, check, or purchase order.

To register with a credit card
You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Please email your request to register, specifying the course and the name of whom you would like to register, to the Professional Development Coordinator.
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 a waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.

*Prices are subject to change

For information regarding our code of conduct, registration, and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.

Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.

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