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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.

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    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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  • Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) - "The Realm of the Tiger"

    Start: Mar 23, 2017
    End: Mar 27, 2017

    Visit this page for more information:

    The Realm of the Tiger is a 5 day / 4 night programme for zookeepers and docents who work with jungle cats and other rainforest mammals to educate zoo visitors. It has been designed by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) to supplement existing knowledge of Malayan tigers and their prey by immersing participants in the forests, hills and streams of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Download the flyer for detailed information. Learn more about the Realm of the Tiger by watching this video produced by Brian Czarnik who came for the programme in June 2016.

    Date: 23 to 27 March 2017

    Location: Yu River Wildlife Corridor, Pahang, Malaysia.


    • Anti-poaching surveillance walks
    • Jungle trekking and camping
    • Animal tracking and camera trapping
    • Camping with the local aboriginal people

    How to join?

    1. Complete the application questionnaire at this link.
    2. Selected participants will be notified to proceed with the registration via email by 20 December 2016 or earlier.
    3. Complete and submit the registration form provided in the confirmation email together with the USD $400 deposit. The balance is to be paid in full by 31 January 2017.

    Note: Places are limited to 8 participants based on a first-come-first-served basis.

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  • AZA Mid-Year Meeting

    Start: Mar 26, 2017
    End: Mar 31, 2017
    Albuquerque, NM

    This working meeting features education, networking, and social events with more than 900 zoo and aquarium professionals from across the country. Peer-developed program meetings, roundtables, and workshops in an interactive format challenge attendees to collaborate with one another and promise ample opportunity to learn and discuss issues critical to your institutions.

    For more information, visit

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  • Meerkat Husbandry and Management Workshop

    Mar 26th, 2017
    1:20pm - 2:20pm
    ABQ BioPark

    You are invited to attend the Meerkat Husbandry and Management Workshop to be held in conjunction with the AZA Mid-year Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

    The Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and is currently planned for 8AM to 5PM.

    Download the Abstract Submission Form and return it to Katie Kimble by March 7, 2017.

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  • Chimpanzee SSP Husbandry Workshop

    Start: Apr 5, 2017
    End: Apr 7, 2017
    Chimp Haven, Keithville, Louisiana

    The workshop will begin Wednesday, April 5, continue all day on Thursday, April 6, and conclude midday Friday, April 7.

    Visit this site to register:

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  • African Painted Dog Conference

    Start: Apr 17, 2017
    End: Apr 21, 2017
    Topeka Zoo

    The African Painted Dog Conference brings together conservationists and zoo professionals from around the world to enhance and improve the care and conservation of African Painted dogs.

    This conference will focus on gathering the knowledge of field biologists and professional animal caregivers to further our understanding of this amazing species and promote professional development.

    The conference will be held April 17- 20, 2017. For further information:

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  • Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) Annual Conference

    Start: Apr 23, 2017
    End: Apr 28, 2017
    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    See this page for more information:

    April 23-28, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH

    "Back to Basics: Crossing The Bridge BetweenTraining and Conservation"

    The Hilton Netherland Plaza will be the conference hotel with a rate of $139/night. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting the conference.   Planned site visits include the host facility as well as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  We hope to see you in Ohio!

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  • 2017 Reptile and Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (Herp TAG) Meeting

    Start: May 7, 2017
    End: May 13, 2017
    ABQ BioPark

    The 2017 Herp TAGs are being sponsored by the Albuquerque BioPark in 2017.  Below is a schedule of events:

    • May 7: Icebreaker held at the BioPark Aquarium, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    • May 8: Lizard TAG (LAG)
    • May 9: Snake TAG (SAG)
    • May 10: Amphibian TAG (ATAG)
    • May 11: Zoo Day at ABQ BioPark
    • May 12: Chelonian TAG (ChAG)
    • May 13: Crocodilian TAG (CAG)

    Rooms have been set aside on Sunday, May 7, 2017 through Sunday, May 13, 2017 at the rate of $109.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy)

    Please contact the hotel by calling 505-843-6300 or toll free at 800-237-2133 and ask to be connected to reservations, or use this link for online bookings.

    To receive the group rate, guests must state that they would like to be placed within the “2017 Reptile and Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group Meeting" block of rooms, or they may refer to/enter online the Block Code 1705REPTIL

    Please note, that the cut-off date will be:  April 17, 2017.  After this date, any remaining rooms within the block will be released into the hotel’s general inventory. The price may increase if not booked by April 17th 2017.

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  • 7th International Hornbill Conference

    Start: May 16, 2017
    End: May 18, 2017
    Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

    The 7th International Hornbill Conference will be jointly organised by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Sarawak Convention Bureau. The conference will discuss current status, future trends and challenges pertaining to the conservation of hornbills.

    For more information about the 7th International Hornbill Conference, check out its official website at

    Submission of abstracts on the conference theme is open until October 31, 2016. Please submit your abstracts in English, not exceeding 200 words to Priority will be given to abstracts covering the following subthemes:

    1. Conservation Status Of Hornbills: Threats, Trade and Population
    2. Hornbill Biology and Husbandry
    3. Habitat Fragmentation and Connectivity
    4. Importance of Hornbills: Ecosystem, Culture, Tourism and Awareness

    Full papers of accepted abstracts must be submitted to the Secretariat by January 31, 2017.

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  • Felid TAG Mid-Year Meetings

    Start: Jul 16, 2017
    End: Jul 22, 2017
    Erie Zoo

    The 2017 Felid TAG Mid-Year meetings will be hosted by Erie Zoo in Erie, PA July 16th-22, 2017.   The Mid-year meetings will include the Basic Felid Husbandry Course, SSP Meetings and “regular” format with presentations on Felid Husbandry, Management and Conservation.  

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  • Elephants 360°: Advancing Health & Wellness

    Start: Jul 31, 2017
    End: Aug 4, 2017
    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    Registration details coming soon.

    The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is pleased to announce Elephants 360°, a comprehensive workshop dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of elephants in human care. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in collaboration with national and international experts will focus on the lifelong care of Asian and African Elephants.

    $500 per person. National and International Scholarships available. Additional registration information to follow.

    Target Audience:
    Staff at all levels employed in the care of elephants.

    Topics will include:

    • Goal based program design and development
    • Multigenerational herd management
    • Herd dynamics and feeding strategies
    • Reproduction and herd births
    • Habitat management and preparation
    • Science based husbandry techniques
    • Proactive health monitoring
    • Building an integrated program team, and more.

    Please join us in advancing elephant care by attending this progressive elephant health and wellness workshop.

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  • The Old World Monkey Husbandry Workshop

    Start: Aug 28, 2017
    End: Aug 30, 2017
    The Columbus Zoo

    August 28- 30, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the Old World Monkey Husbandry Workshop hosted by the Columbus Zoo. This exciting 2 and 1/2 day workshop is designed for keepers and care staff responsible for the care and management of Old World monkeys in zoological settings. The instructors have extensive and diverse experience managing Old World monkeys.  Topics that will be included in this workshop are health related management, operant conditioning and enrichment, population management, methods to handle aggression in various social environments and introductions techniques.

    Registration for the workshop will be $100 and this will include the icebreaker, lunch/ snacks for 2 days, transportation between the hotel and the zoo and workshop materials .  Registration and a call for papers and posters will be announced soon.

    The Husbandry Workshop will be followed by the annual Old World Monkey Taxon Advisory Group meeting on the 31st.

     For additional information contact Audra Meinelt:

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  • Canid and Hyaenid TAG Husbandry Course

    Start: Sep 5, 2017
    End: Sep 7, 2017
    Cincinnati Zoo

    This class will cover the species featured in the Large Canid Animal Care Manual, including painted dogs, Mexican wolves, red wolves, maned wolves and the spotted hyena.

    Visit to register and to view additional information about the course. Additional information will be added, so check back frequently! 

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  • 2017 AZA Annual Conference

    Start: Sep 9, 2017
    End: Sep 13, 2017
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Hosted by the Indianapolis Zoo.
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  • New World Primate Husbandry Workshop

    Start: Sep 26, 2017
    End: Sep 30, 2017
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Early Registration Rate of $150.00 until July 31, 2017.

    Please register at:

    Submission deadline for Poster and Paper Abstracts is June 30, 2017. Submit to

    A special conference rate of $109.00 is available at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center. Click here to reserve your discounted rate.

    Please direct questions to Rick Hester:

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  • Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop

    Start: Oct 1, 2017
    End: Oct 4, 2017
    Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, La.

    Hotel information is below and is up on our website (  to start looking into booking rooms.  ** Please book your rooms before June 30, 2017.**  That is when the hotel will begin looking at our block of rooms and start giving them away.  It will be difficult to find a hotel room at a reasonable price at this time of year here in New Orleans.



    $219/night for a quad room

    *Price includes breakfast

    Please book your reservations by calling 1-866-311-1200 and requesting the group Association of Zoos & Aquariums/Orangutan SSP Workshop (coded AZA in our system) and the dates or book online at the website:

    We look forward to seeing you in October!

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  • Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association Annual Conference

    Start: Oct 15, 2017
    End: Oct 19, 2017
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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