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  • Antelope Conference

    Start: Feb 20, 2017
    End: Feb 24, 2017
    Prague, Czech Republic

    Antelope conference 2017:

    ASG is collaborating with the Czech University of Life Sciences to organize a conference on Antelopes, Giraffes and Hippos, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 20-24 February 2017. The plan is to have 3 days of talks (antelopes, giraffe/okapi and hippos) followed by one day for meetings of the 3 Specialist Groups. The founding Chair of ASG, Dr Richard Estes, will be one of the keynote speakers.

    Preliminary details can be found on the conference website:

    Proceedings of the last antelope conference, held at ZSL in London in 2011, have just been published by Wiley-Blackwell. Antelope Conservation: from Diagnosis to Action. ISBN 9781118409640.      

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  • Elephant Care Workshop A Practical Workshop on Elephant Care, Habitat Design that Supports Elephant Health & Welfare & Sustainability

    Start: Feb 24, 2017
    End: Feb 27, 2017
    Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Ariz.
    Elephant Care Workshop A Practical Workshop on Elephant Care, Habitat Design that Supports Elephant Health & Welfare & Sustainability. - Bert Castro- President and CEO - Phoenix Zoo - Alan Roocroft - Elephant Business Incorporated, USA. - Phoenix Zoo - Elephant Team - Dr. Gary West, DVM- Veterinarian, Phoenix Zoo - Dr. Kristen Phair, DVM- Veterinarian, Phoenix Zoo - Guest speakers- TBA February 24th- 27th, 2017 Phoenix Zoo Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 – Optional trip to Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo Reid Park Zoo- provides participants opportunity to observe African Elephant Husbandry Limited to 30 participants- preference given to elephant caregivers Workshop cost- $350.00, additional $50.00 for optional trip to Reid Park Zoo on Saturday. To Pre- Register, Contact: Heather Wright Elephant Manager The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 273- 1341 ext. 7626 Elephant Care Workshop 2017 Topics to be covered: • Husbandry and Medical Access to Captive Elephants • Restraint in Protected Contact • The Importance of Radiographs and Radiograph Techniques • General Elephant Foot Anatomy • Habitat Design That Supports Elephant Foot Health • Elephant Foot Care Tools and Other Equipment • Elephant Foot Care • Abscesses and Their Care • Teeth Care and Observations • An Overview of Elephant Diseases • Elephant Down Procedures • The Sustainability of Elephants in Zoos • Managing an Elephant Import
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  • Amphibian Management School (AMS)

    Start: Feb 27, 2017
    End: Mar 3, 2017
    Detroit Zoo - National Amphibian Conservation Center

    The next Amphibian Management School (AMS) will be February 27 – March 3, 2017 hosted by 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 Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (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. 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. Course includes field trip to look for wild mudpuppies!

    Course fees are $600 (AZA individual members) or $700 (non-AZA member) if registered by the Early bird date of November 15, 2016; registration fee goes up and additional $50 after November 15, so apply now! Course registration and payment available at

    Hotel will be the Kingsley Inn - Double $119.00/King $109.00 Airport shuttle/taxi will need to be arranged by students; shuttle companies from Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport (DTW) will be shared once identified. Shuttles between hotel and school will be provided.

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  • Aquatic Medicine Seminar

    Start: Mar 3, 2017
    End: Mar 5, 2017
    Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

    Shark  Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay will be hosting its Annual Aquatic Medicine Seminar on March 3, 4, and 5, 2017. We will be hosting another fantastic line-up again in 2017 (see below) and offering our wet lab.  This is an outstanding opportunity for C.E. credit and offers participants the chance to network with some of the industries top professionals. 

    • Dr. Gregory Lewbart – North Carolina State University
    • Dr. Doug Mader – The Turtle Hospital
    • Veterinarian Aquarium Group – Shark Reef
    • Dr. Tim Hovanec – Dr. Tims  Aquatics LLC
    • Dr. Bob George – South Carolina Aquarium
    • Dr. Lisa Hoopes  - Georgia Aquarium
    • Dr. Jennifer Wyffels  - SEZARC – South-East Zoo Alliance for Research and Conservation
    • Dr. Lance Adams – Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific


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  • Sea Otter Conservation Workshop X

    Start: Mar 17, 2017
    End: Mar 19, 2017
    Seattle Aquarium

    Sea Otter Conservation Workshop X March 17-19, 2017

    •  Since 1999 the Seattle Aquarium has hosted an international sea otter conservation workshop. This will be the 10th anniversary and the 18th year that the aquarium has hosted the largest international sea otter meeting.
    •  It is attended by most AZA accredited facilities that house sea otters in the US, Canada and Europe and by the majority of federal, state    and NGO biologists and advocates that study and participate in wild sea otter conservation.
    •  It is international in flavor with delegates from the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
    •  The 2017 10th anniversary meeting will likely be the biggest ever with 3 full days of talks and many poster presentations on wild sea otter  biology, ecology, husbandry, outreach, advocacy and conservation.

    Save the Date
    March 17-19
    Sea Otter Conservation Workshop X

    Registration will open December 1, 2016.

    Abstracts/short descriptions must be submitted via Dropbox by February 1, 2017. Due to space limitations, you will not be able to present if your abstract isn’t received by that date.

    Thanks for understanding!

    To upload your abstract please label it firstinitial.lastname.abstract and upload documents here: Sea Otter Workshop 2017.

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