Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recommendations teaches the integration of demography, genetics and husbandry to set population goals and make breeding recommendations for zoo and aquarium populations. This course produces competent managers for zoo or aquarium populations.
Through this course, students will:
Receive training on how to be competent population managers who can effectively coordinate zoo and aquarium breeding programs
Increase their skills analyzing studbook data, interpreting resulting outputs, developing realistic population goals, and producing management plans to achieve population goals
Through a combination of the following course activities, students will:
Integrate attributes of population demography, genetics, and species-specific husbandry into a single coherent management plan
Use population management software and available data to conduct analyses that describe a population's past history and project its future course
Set attainable goals for a captive population in relation to target population size, growth rate, generation length, amount of gene diversity retained, etc.
Work with others in the course to formulate animal-by-animal recommendations as a critical aspect of management plan development
Understand the role of an AZA program leader and how that program leader works with the Population Management Center or a Small Population Management Group Advisor to manage their animal program
- Arrival on Monday
- Course activities, including student registration, begin after 4 PM
- Opening evening ceremony
- Courses meet for individual opening session/class
- Classes meet all-day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony
Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.
John Andrews, Assistant Director - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Karen Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences - Saint Louis Zoo
Rachel Bladow, Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Andrea Putnam, Ph.D., Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo
Kristine Schad Eebes, Director - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Paul Senner, Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
This course is designed for current and prospective Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinators and TAG Leaders that desire to understand the biology and process behind making breeding recommendations. Priority is given to current Program Leaders and AZA members. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to email@example.com.
Population Management I or Studbook I. Applicants must submit an institutional letter of support, written by a supervisor or director. The letter must include: the studbook(s) which the applicant keeps or has applied to keep; an expression of institutional support for keeping the studbook(s) and the date of when Population Management I or Studbook I was completed. International applicants working in an AZA-accredited institution are also welcome to apply. Those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.
Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (STL) is the closest airport.
Classes meet on site at Crowne Plaza Clayton in St. Louis, Missouri and course participants are encouraged to stay on site. The hotel rate is $117 per night, and reservations can be made online until October 9th. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.
Registration for this course is not open at this time.
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Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.