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.      

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.

International Conservation and Commercial Breeding Symposium: Innovation, Challenges and Future Directions
Hosted by Chester Zoo, United Kingdom: March 8 - 9, 2016

Click here for details of the speaker program, how to book, reserve accommodations, and obtain directions to Chester Zoo.

Elephant Wellness Workshop
Hosted by Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: March 10-13

Read more about the workshop, as well as a current list of presenters and schedule of events, 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.

CBSG Facilitation and Communication Skills Training Course
Hosted by Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada: April 11 – 14, 2016

This course is targeted toward those wanting to develop the skills necessary to facilitate successful conservation planning.
Early registration price ends March 11, 2016. Contact Elizabeth Townsend for registration forms or see course flyer for more information.

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.

Contact Vicky Poole or Diane Barber for more information.


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:

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 Herpetology Taxon Advisory Group Meetings
Hosted by Saint Louis Zoo: April 18 - 22, 2016 

Please visit the website to register for the conference.

International Tree Kangaroo Summit
Hosted by Port Moresby Nature Park, Papua New Guinea April 27 – 30, 2016

Click here for event and registration information. If you are interested in presenting, see the abstract application form.

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.

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

Click here for registration, vendor opportunities, speaker information, and grant application.

Field Herpetology of the Southwest
Hosted by Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) Portal, Arizona, July 22 - 31, 2016. 

Deadline for applications is May 22, 2016. 
Click here or contact SWRS 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.

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.