Principles of Elephant Management II focuses on the skills necessary to safely accomplish all of the AZA-required elephant behavioral components. Live training demonstrations and hands-on experiences will be utilized to combine the teaching of advanced elephant principles with best occupational safety practices. To provide students with the most valuable hands-on and personalized experience, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 participants.
Bryan Amaral, Zoological Manager, Elephants, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Karen Gibson, Savanna Curator, Dallas Zoo
Daryl Hoffman, Curator of Large Mammals, Houston Zoo
Mike McClure, General Curator & Elephant Collections Manager, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Nick Newby, Supervisor of Pachyderms, Oklahoma City Zoo
Tracy Clippinger, Veterinarian, Smithsonian National Zoo
AZA accreditation standards require that the designated elephant manager at each AZA-accredited institution keeping elephants complete this course. This course is applicable for elephant managers, curators who oversee elephant programs, and elephant keepers who have completed Principles of Elephant Management I.
Principles of Elephant Management I (PEM-I) must be completed prior to this course. Those who took PEM-I prior to 2003 (in 2002 or before) are required to retake the course prior to completing PEM-II. At this time, only elephant managers at AZA-accredited elephant holding institutions are eligible to enroll in this course.
- Student registration
- Opening evening ceremony
- Courses meet for individual opening session/class
- Class meets all day
- Classes meet
- Closing Session
Houston has two major airports, George Bush International (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU), both approximately 40 minutes from the hotel and Houston Zoo. Shuttle service between the airport and the hotel is available through SuperShuttle.
Course participants stay in designated hotel and are transported to and from the zoo each day.
Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive a confirmation letter containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.
The AZA registration fee covers tuition, course materials, and meals provided during the course. Other expenses include hotel and travel arrangements.
Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September.
Early Bird Rates
$975 for AZA Individual Members
$1075 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1075 for AZA Individual Members
$1175 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date
Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. Registration for this course will remain open until all available spaces are reserved.
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 wait list email once acceptance decisions are made.
To register with a check or purchase order
Download the AZA Course Registration Form and return by mail with check or purchase order. 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 wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.
Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department