Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recs


Hosted by Crowne Plaza Clayton
St. Louis, MO
November 7-12, 2022

Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recommendations teaches the integration of demography, genetics and husbandry to set population goals and make breeding recommendations for zoo and aquarium populations. This course produces competent managers for zoo or aquarium populations.

Course Objectives

Through this course, students will:

  • Receive training on how to be competent population managers who can effectively coordinate zoo and aquarium breeding programs

  • Increase their skills analyzing studbook data, interpreting resulting outputs, developing realistic population goals, and producing management plans to achieve population goals 

 Through a combination of the following course activities, students will: 

  • Integrate attributes of population demography, genetics, and species-specific husbandry into a single coherent management plan

  • Use population management software and available data to conduct analyses that describe a population's past history and project its future course

  • Set attainable goals for a captive population in relation to target population size, growth rate, generation length, amount of gene diversity retained, etc.

  • Work with others in the course to formulate animal-by-animal recommendations as a critical aspect of management plan development

  • Understand the role of an AZA program leader and how that program leader works with the Population Management Center or a Small Population Management Group Advisor to manage their animal program

Course Schedule

First Day
 - Arrival on Monday, November 7
 - Course activities, including student registration, begin after 4 PM
 - Opening evening ceremony
 - Courses meet for individual opening session/class

Mid-Week
- Classes meet all-day

Last Day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony

Attendance is required for course participants for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.

Instructors

John Andrews, Assistant Director - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Karen Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences - Saint Louis Zoo
Rachel Bladow, Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Andrea Putnam, Ph.D., Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo 
Kristine Schad Eebes, Director - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Paul Senner, Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center

Is This Course Right For You?

This course is designed for current and prospective Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinators and TAG Leaders that desire to understand the biology and process behind making breeding recommendations. Priority is given to current Program Leaders and AZA members. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to azatraining@aza.org

Prerequisites
Population Management I or Studbook I. Applicants must submit an institutional letter of support, written by a supervisor or director. The letter must include: the studbook(s) which the applicant keeps or has applied to keep; an expression of institutional support for keeping the studbook(s) and the date of when Population Management I or Studbook I was completed. International applicants working in an AZA-accredited institution are also welcome to apply. Those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.

Travel & Accommodations

Air Travel
Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (STL) is the closest airport.

Lodging
Classes meet on site at Crowne Plaza Clayton in St. Louis, Missouri and course participants are encouraged to stay on site. The hotel rate is $117 per night, and reservations can be made online until October 9th. For more information, please email azatraining@aza.org

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.

Course Registration

AZA Accredited / Certified Institutions*
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 12 weeks prior to course start date
$1125 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1325 without Individual AZA Membership

Regular Rate: Deadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1325 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1525 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
$1325 with Professional Associate Membership

Regular Rate: Deadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1525 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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