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 
 - Course activities, including student registration, begin after 4 PM
 - Opening evening reception

- Class meets all-day

Last Day
- Class meets
- Closing Reception


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 for consideration. 

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 for consideration. 

Travel & Accommodations

Air Travel
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is the closest airport to the Zoo.

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 lunch during the course. Other expenses include hotel and travel arrangements, and dinner.

Registration Information to come in Summer 2023.

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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