Principles of Elephant Management II


Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis, IN
TBD - Fall 2023

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 13 participants.

Course Objectives
  • 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

Course Schedule

First Day
 - Arrival on Monday, October 24
 - Course activities, including student registration, begin after 4 PM
 - Opening evening reception

Mid-Week
- Class meets all-day

Last Day
- Class meets
- Closing Dinner

Instructors

Bryan Amaral, Senior Curator - Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Jennifer D'Agostino, DVM, DACZM, Director of Veterinary Services - Oklahoma City Zoo
Daryl Hoffman
, Curator of Large Mammals - Houston Zoo
Sharon Joseph, Project Manager - Birmingham Zoo
Mike McClure
, Director - McClure International Consulting
Nick Newby, Elephant Program Manager - White Oak Conservation Center
Vernon Presley, Curator - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Is This Course Right For You?

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 and curators who oversee elephant programs. Animal care professionals who have completed Principles of Elephant Management I and possess relevant elephant care experience may also apply by submitting a letter of your intended benefit to azatraining@aza.org for consideration. 

Prerequisites
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. Elephant care professionals who have completed Principles of Elephant Management I and possess several years of relevant experience may also apply by submitting a letter of your intended benefit to azatraining@aza.org for consideration. 

Travel & Accommodations

Air Travel
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is the closest airport to the Zoo.

Lodging
Lodging information coming soon.

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.

Course Registration

The AZA registration fee covers tuition, course materials, and meals provided during the course. Other expenses include hotel and travel arrangements.


AZA Accredited / Certified Institutions*
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1050 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1250 without Individual AZA Membership

Regular Rate: Deadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1250 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1450 without Individual AZA Membership

Individual Membership must be Professional Affiliate or Professional Fellow to qualify.


Non-AZA Institutions
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1250 with Professional Associate Membership

Regular Rate: Deadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1450 with Professional Associate Membership

Individual Membership Requirement
Staff from non-AZA accredited institutions must have an individual AZA membership to apply and register for an AZA course.


For information regarding our registration and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page. Accepted forms of payment for registration are by credit card, check, or purchase order.

To register with a credit card
You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" 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. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Please email your request to register, specifying the course and the name of whom you would like to register, to the Professional Development Coordinator. 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 a waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. If you are not admitted into the course from the waitlist, a full refund will be promptly issued.

*Prices are subject to change

For information regarding our code of conduct, registration, and refund policies, please visit our Professional Development Course Policies page.

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

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