Principles of Elephant Management I


Hosted by Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV
February 13-18, 2023

Principles in Elephant Management I focuses on the foundation necessary for developing comprehensive and proactive elephant management programs. Students will take away skills for creating self-sustaining elephant management programs. AZA accreditation standards require that all elephant care professionals (keepers, managers, and directors) at institutions keeping elephants attend this course.

Course Objectives
  • SSP/TAG Updates

  • Standards and Protocols

  • Training Theory and Terminology

  • Conflict Resolution

  • System Definitions

  • Behavioral Components

  • Public/Media Relations

  • Animal Welfare Issues

  • Enrichment

  • Tools/Equipment/Facility Design

  • Problem Solving

  • Medical Management

  • Elephant Foot Care

  • Elephant Reproduction/Birth Management/Calf Introductions

  • Successful Elephant Program Components

Course Schedule

Monday, February 13, 2023
 - Student registration 4:30-6:30 PM
 - Opening evening ceremony 6:30-7:00 PM
 - Courses meet for individual opening session/class 7:00-8:30 PM

Mid-Week
- Classes meet all day

Saturday, February 18, 2023
- Classes meet through mid-afternoon
- Closing Ceremony 5:30-7:30 PM

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, Sunday, 2/19. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed. 

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
, General Curator & Elephant Collections Manager - Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Nick Newby, Elephant Program Manager - White Oak Conservation Center
Vernon Presley, Curator - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Is This Course Right For You?

This course is designed for elephant managers, curators who oversee elephant programs and elephant handlers. At least one elephant manager at each institution keeping elephants is required to attend this course.

Prerequisites
None. Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA accredited institutions. If you are not employed by a zoo or aquarium, please submit a letter describing your interest in taking the course to azatraining@aza.org for consideration.

Policies

As a science-based organization, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums encourages all registrants, instructors, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff attending AZA meetings, courses and events to be up-to-date with vaccinations of all kinds, including COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.

Registrants are required to agree to the Attendee Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk Policy (below) upon registering, agreeing to comply with any state or local mask mandates in place for indoor events until further notice. If no mask mandate is in place, attendees are encouraged to wear masks if they wish, but not required.

ATTENDEE LIABILITY WAIVER AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK POLICY 

Attendee assumes all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the EVENT. Attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless ASSOCIATION, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

Specifically relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending the EVENT, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the EVENT may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of ASSOCIATION, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the EVENT.

In addition to all other rules and regulations relating to the attendee’s attendance at the EVENT, attendee agrees to comply with all COVID-related procedures that may be implemented by ASSOCIATION and EVENT VENUE, including, but not limited to, mask-wearing and social distancing requirements and restrictions on certain activities that carry higher COVID-related risk, in order to protect as much as possible, the health and safety of all EVENT attendees.

Travel & Accommodations

Air Travel
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Lodging
Please visit the Wheeling Student Information page.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site. All lodging reservations are priced per person at a package rate. Your accommodations will include breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the entirety of your stay. 

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information once you are admitted.

Course Registration

Please note that registration for this course has closed.

AZA Accredited / Certified Institutions*
Early Bird Rate:
 Deadline 9 weeks** prior to course start date
$1125 with Individual AZA Membership 
$1325 without Individual AZA Membership

Regular RateDeadline 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 9 weeks** prior to course start date
$1325 with Professional Associate Membership

Regular RateDeadline 4 weeks prior to course start date
$1525 with Professional Associate Membership

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
To register and pay online with a credit card, log in and 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
** The early bird timeline has been modified due to the delay in opening registration

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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