Amphibian Management School

Hosted by Detroit Zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center
Royal Oak, MI
February 27 - March 3, 2017

This course is exclusively offered by the Detroit Zoo and is now FULL.
To request a space on the wait-list, please contact Tom Schneider or Vicky Poole.

AZA's amphibian training course has gone through a metamorphosis all its own! The next Amphibian Management School (AMS) will be hosted exclusively by the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG) at the Detroit Zoo. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the latest in basic husbandry techniques, exhibit design, support for regional conservation programs, and effective conservation messaging in a zoo or aquarium collection. Participants will learn not only about amphibian husbandry, but also how to connect with conservation projects, breeding program management, enrichment basics, amphibian health fundamentals, and more to improve amphibian management at their institutions and impact amphibians globally. Under guidance of the ATAG, AMS provides knowledge about amphibians and skills for managing these sensitive species in captivity that are essential for anyone working directly with amphibians in a zoo, aquarium, conservation, or research settings.

Course Objectives

  • History of amphibians in zoos 
  • Taxonomy and diversity 
  • Value of amphibians/global extinction crisis
  • Husbandry 
  • Welfare/enrichment basics for amphibians 
  • Captive breeding/management 
  • Water quality 
  • Live food culture
  • Practical skills for exhibit construction
  • Medical health 
  • Shipping 
  • ATAG management plans and programs; amphibian resources and networks
  • Mud puppy monitoring 
  • Involving your institution in amphibian conservation Interpretive messages/interacting with the public

Is This Course Right for You?

AMS is ideal for novice to moderate amphibian zoo keepers, animal health, research or education staff who need more training on handling and husbandry of amphibians, and representatives of nature centers and natural history museums or science centers with limited amphibian experience. 


None. Discounts will be given to AZA members, but volunteers and private herpetologists are welcome to attend. 

Course Travel & Registration 

Travel & Accommodations 

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is the closest airport.

Course participants stay at a nearby hotel and are transported to the Detroit Zoo in vans for class each day. 

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. 

Tuition & Expenses 

The registration fee below covers tuition and lunches for each day of the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and other meals. Registration prices are subject to change. 

Early Bird Rates:
$600 for AZA Individual Members
$700 for Non-members
Registration deadline: November 15, 2016

Regular Rates:
$650 for AZA Individual Members
$750 for Non-members
Final registration deadline: January 10, 2017

This course is now FULL. To request a space on the wait list, please contact Tom Schneider or Vicky Poole.

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

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