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. 

Animal  Program Workshops, Conferences, Meetings

Herpetology TAG Meetings
Hosted by Zoo Atlanta: April 13 - 19, 2015

Please see the hotel flyer for more information and submit the registration form to Joe Mendelson.

Chimpanzee Husbandry Workshop
Hosted by Detroit Zoological Society: June 2 - 4, 2015 (SSP Planning meeting June 1)

Registration is now open, please visit the website for more details and to register.


12th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment
Hosted by Beijing Zoo: May 24 - 28, 2015

This four-day meeting will not only provide a platform for scientists and researchers in animal welfare to exchange their experiences, achievements and happiness, but also provide a chance to develop and exchange some new theories and methods in environmental enrichment for captive animals. Moreover, this will be a window to know and understand China and Chinese culture in person. Visit the website for more details.

Facilitation and Communication Skills Training Course
Hosted by Saint Louis Zoo: June 15 - 18, 2015

This four-day interactive course will provide conservation program managers with an opportunity to learn and practice essential facilitation skills, including decision making, team formation and management, conflict resolution, communication skills, consensus building, and cross-cultural sensitivity. The course will include lectures, case studies, and significant time to practice facilitation skills. This course is being hosted by the St. Louis Zoo and co-organized by CBSG, CBSG North America, and the St. Louis Zoo. This course is targeted toward those wanting to develop the skills necessary to facilitate successful conservation planning. Not only will participants be able to apply these newly developed skills within their own professional fields, but we hope this training course will increase the pool of experienced facilitators who may contribute to future CBSG workshops. Participation is limited to 20 individuals. Please see the flyer for more information. Contact Elizabeth Townsend for registration forms.