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.   

AZA 2015 Annual Conference
Hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah: September 17 - 21, 2015

Register Now!  Registration and housing are now open. Early bird registration deadline is Friday, August 14. 

Red Panda SSP Workshop
Hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah: September 18, 8:30am - 12:30pm

This mini-workshop is designed to introduce potential new red panda holders to the wonderful world of red pandas and the needs of the SSP.  It also is a great chance for current red panda holders to learn about updates to the program, exhibit design, nutrition, medical and husbandry needs, cub-rearing and mother/cub management, and in situ conservation projects.  There is no fee for the workshop and anyone is welcome to come by for all or part of the morning.

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.  
Early registration ends August 15, 2015.  

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.

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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!  Early Registration rate expires September 1, 2015.
Submission deadline for Poster and Paper Abstracts is September 1, 2015.  Submit here.
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. 

24-Hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard) Course
Hosted by The Aquarium and Rainforest at Moody Gardens: October 27 & 28, 2015

AZA is working to create regional teams to assist with response to oil spills or other disasters for which the 24-hour HAZWOPER certification is required. The class will consist of online training as well as two days of course instruction at Moody Gardens. Along with the required material, there will also be guest speakers from various agencies to discuss real life scenarios and response.  

For more information and to register contact Diane Olsen. Deadline for registration is August 31st, 2015.

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

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.

Please email Jessica Meehan with your requests and ideas for topics to be discussed at the workshop by August 31, 2015. 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 in 2015:

Conservation for Development Professionals (August 10 - 14, 2015) – new!
Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds (September 14 - 25, 2015)
Statistical Downscaling of Global Climate Models in SDSM 5.2 (December 7 - 11, 2015) – new!

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

Email Lauren Waller with any questions.