Principles of Elephant Management II

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PEM Elephant

October 25-28, 2016
Hosted by Houston Zoo in Houston, TX

Please note: Payment is now due at the time of registration. Please do not submit a registration form without payment as it will not be processed.

To pay by check or purchase order:

Download the PEM-II COURSE REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail with check or purchase order. 

To pay by credit card:
You can now register and pay online with a credit card, no registration form required! Just log in to our new website. Non-members can log in too after creating an account. After logging in, choose "Upcoming Events" 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. 

Early bird registration deadline: 8 weeks prior to course start date
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

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 12 participants.

Tuition & Expenses

Early Bird Rates:
$950 for AZA Individual Members 
$1050 for Non-members 
Regular Rates:
$1050 for AZA Individual Members 
$1150 for Non-members 

The AZA registration fee above covers tuition for the course as well as ALL meals for the three full days of the course. Other expenses include hotel and travel. See below or more information about costs and logistics for this course.

Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process.

Target Audience

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.  

Course Registration

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 waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made.

Travel & Accommodations

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. 


 Arrival Day (at the hotel) 
5:30pm-6:00pm       Registration  
6:00pm-8:00pm       Welcome/Course Overview 

Day 1
6:30am                    Pick-up at the hotel  
7:00am-7:00pm     Class all day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Zoo) 
7:00pm                     Return to hotel 

 Day 2
6:30am                   Pick-up at the hotel  
7:00am-7:00pm    Class all day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Zoo) 
7:00pm                   Return to hotel 

Day 3
 6:30am                   Pick-up at the hotel  
7:00am-7:00pm     Class all day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Zoo) 
7:00pm                    Return to hotel 

Course Topics

  • 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 


For additional details pleasecontact the AZA Professional Development Department or call(301) 562-0777 ext. 251.