Principles of Elephant Management II

Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis, IN
October TBD 2021


Course Description

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 13 participants.

Course Topics & Instructors

  • Occupational Safety
  • Standards and Protocols
  • Behavioral Components
  • Enrichment
  • Tools/Equipment/Facility Design
  • Medical Management
  • Elephant foot care
  • Elephant Reproduction/Birth Management/Calf introductions
  • Successful Elephant Program Components

Bryan Amaral, Senior Curator - Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Daryl Hoffman, Curator of Large Mammals - Houston Zoo
Mike McClure, General Curator & Elephant Collections Manager - Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Nick Newby, Collection Manager - White Oak Sanctuary
Tracy Clippinger, Veterinarian - Smithsonian National Zoo
Vernon Presley, Curator of Africa - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Is This Course for You?

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 and curators who oversee elephant programs. Animal care professionals who have completed Principles of Elephant Management I and possess relevant elephant care experience may also apply by submitting a letter of your intended benefit to for consideration. 


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. Elephant care professionals who have completed Principles of Elephant Management I and possess several years of relevant experience may also apply by submitting a letter of your intended benefit to for consideration. 


First Day
 - Student registration
 - Opening evening reception

- Class meets all day

Last Day
- Class meets
- Closing Dinner

Course Travel & Tuition

Travel & Accommodations

Course participants stay in the designated hotel and are transported to and from the zoo each day.

General Hotel Pricing*:
$139+ Single/Double Occupancy

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.

Tuition & Expenses*

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
$1050 for AZA Individual Members
$1150 for Non-members
Registration deadline: September 9th, 2019

Regular Rates
$1150 for AZA Individual Members
$1250 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: October 1st, 2019

*Prices are subject to change

Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. 

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

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 

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