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.

Giraffe Resource Group (CRG) Conference
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo: May 6 - 9, 2015

GRG is committed to becoming the primary resource for help and information related to captive giraffe care. One afternoon will be devoted to okapi care and management in addition to many wonderful talks and round table discussions about giraffe care and management. Updates from the field will also be included as well as opportunities for collaboration.  Email Amy Roberts with any questions.

EAZA Bird TAG Meetings
Hosted by Praha Zoo: May 13 - 17, 2015

The meeting will be hosted by Praha Zoo in the Czech Republic, in close cooperation with Plzen Zoo and Zoo Zlin-Lesna. All three collections have a great collection of birds and an impressive reputation when talking about bird keeping, husbandry and breeding results! Given the destination the idea is to minimize the regular TAG meetings to one day, and instead have a focused effort on husbandry issues. The plan is now, as you can see in the attached draft programme, to have the ice-breaker on Wednesday afternoon in Praha Zoo. On Thursday we will visit Plzen zoo (an one day trip). The Friday in Praha is blocked for TAG meetings. On Saturday morning we will be guided around through Praha zoo and after lunch we will drive to Zlin where we will spent there the rest of the Saturday and Sunday morning. The zoo visits will focus on nutrition (different types of food they use for various kind of birds), artificial nests and nest boxes and as very important focus point mixed aviaries! Please complete the online registration form  before 30 April 2015. If you have additional questions please email William van Lint

Prosimian TAG Meeting and Workshop
Hosted  by the Lemur Conservation Foundation: June 1 - 5, 2015

The workshop will take place June 1 - 3, and the meeting will take place June 4 - 5. Details to follow. Please email Alison Grand with any questions.

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.

25th Felid TAG Conference
Hosted by Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: June 25 - 27, 2015

Everyone from around the world is welcome to join us in learning the latest advances and updates in felid husbandry, research, and conservation. We invite you to present papers and/or posters, attend SSP meetings for individual cat species, learn from experienced professionals at the Felid Husbandry Course and exchange ideas with colleagues on many felid issues. The theme for the 25th Felid TAG Conference will be “Felid Global Management” with discussion on in situ and ex situ felid management, plus the latest information and updates on conservation, genetics, nutrition, reproduction and health. We invite you to join us, mingle with your peers and share your experiences and information to enhance the understanding, the care and the conservation of all the world’s magnificent cats. For more information on registration and papers/posters submission please go to the Pittsburgh Zoo website. Email Ken Kaemmerer with any questions.

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.


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.

Herpetology of the Southwest - Summer field course
Hosted by the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station:  July 24, 2015 - August 2, 2015

he Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona are a biological hotspot, and this course provides an exciting opportunity to see a great number of species, many of which are rare, threatened and/or endangered, in their natural setting. This course offers a mix of classroom, laboratory and field components, and fosters a greater appreciation and understanding of these animals. Students get the opportunity to contribute to several long-term in-situ conservation projects. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about many facets of herpetofauna native to the southwest and the environment in which they live. Registration includes lodging at the Research Station, and meals are provided during the course. For more information, visit the Southwestern Research Station website

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

Email Lauren Waller with any questions.