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.      

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. 

Avian Management, Biology, and Conservation Professional Development Course
Hosted by Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV: February 8-13, 2016

Please see the course website for more information or contact Hannah Bailey.

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.  

Felid TAG's first Advanced Felid Husbandry Course (AFHC)
Hosted by Denver Zoo: May 15 - 17, 2016

Course focus will be Safety, including mitigating human error, communication, handling emergencies, transports, and training of animals and staff, among others. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2016.

Click here for the course application.
Scholarships also available.

Amphibian TAG Advanced Amphibian Course
Hosted by Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo: May 16 - 20, 2016

Mississippi State University and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will be hosting an Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) for Amphibians Workshop that concentrates on techniques and special requirements for the captive breeding of anurans and caudates in zoos and aquariums, with a focus on utilizing these techniques for conservation and research applications. The course is limited to 15 attendees.

More information to come.


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.

EAZA Mid-Year Bird TAGs Meeting
Hosted by Lagos Zoo, Portugal: May 18-22, 2016

More information to come.

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.
Call for abstracts due at the end of December 2015.
Email Lauren Waller with any questions.