Animal Programs Workshops, Conferences, & Meetings

Enrich your career!

AZA's Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) and Species Survival Plan® Programs (SSPs) are important providers of professional development for animal care professionals.  Check out these great training opportunities to enrich your career!  If you are aware of an animal-related or TAG or SSP workshop that is not listed here, please contact the AZA Conservation & Science Department.  

2015 From Good Care to Great Welfare Workshop 
Hosted by Detroit Zoological Society, Royal Oak, MI: Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2015 

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare is offering a five-day workshop for animal care staff working with captive animals. The workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals’ perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve overall well-being.   

Email for more information.

2015 ZACC Conference 
Hosted by Denver Zoo: Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015 

Denver Zoo is hosting the 20th anniversary of the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC) Conference. The mission of the ZACC Conference is to encourage and promote increased involvement of zoos and aquariums in field conservation – locally, nationally and internationally.
Click here to register.

Click here or
email for more information.   

9th Annual Orangutan SSP Workshop 
Hosted by Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas: Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2015 

Online registration is now open.

New World Primate Husbandry Workshop
Hosted by San Diego Zoo: November 18 - 22, 2015

Register now! 
Information on the workshop, hotels, travel, and registration are available on the Buttonwood Park Zoo website.

Tree Kangaroo SSP Workshop
Hosted by the Milwaukee County Zoo: November 19 - 22, 2015

For more information and to register, see the registration form or email Jacque Blessington. 

2015 Southeast Regional Gorilla Workshop 
Hosted by Busch Gardens Tampa: Nov 6 - Nov 8, 2015 

Right now it is only open to keepers in the Southeast region, but if anyone outside the SE region is interested, please contact Keri Bauer.  

For more information, contact Keri Bauer or click here.

Parrot TAG Workshop
Hosted by Omaha, Nebraska: March 19 - 24, 2016

The Parrot TAG will be hosting a full day Parrot Workshop as part of the Avian Scientific Advisory Group meetings at the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting in Omaha.

More information to come.

Reconnecting with Elephants in Protected Contact Workshop (RECON)
Hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: April 29 – May 1, 2016

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has partnered up with Steve Martin of NEI and Dr. Susan Friedman to host the first ever Reconnecting with Elephants in Protected Contact Workshop (RECON). The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of behavior change principles, as well as to assist facilities through all aspects of transitioning to a protected contact management program.

Please see the flyer for more information.
To apply, please visit please visit the event webpage.


Graduate/Professional Training: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, Virginia, USA

Visit the website or email for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned.

Upcoming Courses:

Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models in SDSM 5.2 (December 7 - 11, 2015) – new!
Practical Zoo Nutrition Management
(April 11 - 15, 2016) - new!

Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals (May 9 - 20, 2016)

Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar
Hosted by the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: March 4 - 6, 2016.

For more information, please email Jack Jewell.

2016 International Giraffid Conference
Hosted by Brookfield Zoo: May 9 - 12, 2016

Email for more information.

Chimpanzees in Context
Hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo: August 18 – 20, 2016

Chimpanzees in Context will precede the joint International Primatological Society congress and American Society of Primatologists meeting (IPS/ASP August 21 – 27, 2016), also to be hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo.  

Click here for information and to register.

International Herpetological Symposium
Hosted by the Saint Louis Zoo: June 22 - 25, 2016.

Follow updates on the event here.

9th International Penguin Congress
Cape Town, South Africa: September 5 - 9, 2016

Visit the congress website for more information.
Email Lauren Waller with any questions.