Reopening Webinar Series

Population Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar, developed by the AZA Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, focuses on the current challenges that our cooperatively managed breeding programs are facing as a result of this public health crisis. The panelists will discuss various management strategies, priorities, and options that our zoos and aquariums may implement during this time. Program Leaders will hear ideas on how to keep managing their animal populations during the current budget, staffing, and transport limitations.
Moderator: Stacey Johnson, Corporate Director of Conservation & Research - San Diego Zoo Global
Presenters & Speakers:
Lori Perkins, Deputy Director - Birmingham Zoo
Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation & Science - Tulsa Zoo
Kristine Schad Eebes, Director - AZA Population Management Center
Drew Foster, Animal Curator - Phoenix Zoo
Barrett Christie, Director of Animal Husbandry - Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Mandi Schook, Science Operations Director - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Date/Time: Friday, June 12, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Past Webinars

Preparing for Re-Opening Operations

Join this session presented by the AZA Business Operations Committee to learn from peers how to tackle the big re-opening questions including: How to determine capacity; Staff precautions; Sanitation; Social Distancing; In Zoo Communication - Signage & other methods; Concessions (Retail, Food Service, Animal Encounters, rides); and Ticketing.
Moderator: Sean Greene, COO/Exec. VP of Park Operations - Dallas Zoo
Lochlan Wooten, Chief Operating Officer - Riverbanks Zoo
Douglas Rickenbach, Chief Operating Officer - Naples Zoo
Sally Jacobson, Executive Director - Red River Zoo
Dale Schmidt, EVP/Chief Operating Officer - National Aquarium
Charles Hopper, Business Operations Manager - Seattle Aquarium

Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Managing Membership Through a Changing Landscape

Join this session presented by the AZA Advancement Committee to learn from peers how they are communicating with and supporting their members through closure and re-opening. Topics will include planning for re-opening; special considerations and benefits for members; membership extensions; and budget impacts and planning.
Moderator: Alyssa Pacaut, Membership Manager - Aquarium of the Pacific 
Gail Brown, Chief Development Officer - Reid Park Zoo
Lucia Clifton, Director, Membership - Saint Louis Zoo
Kate Fridholm, Senior Director of Annual Giving - Lincoln Park Zoo
Liz Grover, Development & Member Services Manager - Roger Williams Park Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Communicating with Our Local Communities

Join this session presented by the AZA Public Relations Committee to learn more about communications around zoo and aquarium openings with first-hand accounts of what has worked for organizations that have already opened.  It will also include reference information for communications building regarding biosecurity and operational aspects of openings.
Moderator: Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer, San Diego Zoo Global
Timothy Ng, Zoological Operations and Education Director - Ocean Park
Andy Wood, Chief Operating Officer - Florida Aquarium
Jennifer Vela Director of Marketing, Sales, and Communications - Texas State Aquarium
Erica Hansen, Community Relations Manager - Hogle Zoo 
Lauren Howard, D.V.M., Associate Director, Veterinary Services - San Diego Zoo Global

Date/Time: Thursday, May 14, 1-2:30 PM EDT 

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