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. 

25th Annual Felid TAG Conference
Hosted by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: July 10 – 16, 2015

We welcome everyone from around the world 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 Species Survival Plan 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 will be Felid Global Management with discussion on in situ and ex situ felid management. The latest information about conservation, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and health will also be covered.

We invite you to join us, mingle with your peers, and share your experiences and information to enhance the understanding, care, and conservation of all the world’s magnificent cats. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Ken Kaemmerer, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Curator of Mammals.

New World Primate Husbandry Course
Hosted by San Diego Zoo: November 18 – 22, 2015

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.


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.