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Don't miss the 12th Annual ZAA conference presented by HMS Diets in San Antonio, Texas! November 4-8, 2017

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12th Annual ZAA Conference

Presented by HMS Diets

November 4-8, 2017  -  San Antonio, Texas


Call for Papers

First Call for Papers


ZAA invites you to submit abstracts for the Annual Conference.  Deadline: August 1st

Papers should discuss techniques, achievements, or innovative approaches to animal care and husbandry, welfare, conservation, training, education or research.  Topics may also include zoo operations, management, marketing, volunteer programs, emergency preparedness, etc.


Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and submitted via email to Jamie Szosozek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • full name of presenter and authors
  • Institution/Affiliation
  • Position/Title
  • Short bio of yourself for introduction
  • A/V needs
  • Contact information


For more information, contact Conference Committee Member, Jaime Szoszorek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Registration Information

Registration Information



Information coming soon


Conference Hotel

San Antonio Airport Hilton

611 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas

(210) 340-6060


ZAA Rate is $115/night, includes wifi, parking and roundtrip airport shuttle

Book online here for the ZAA conference rate - http://group.hilton.com/zooassnofamerica


Group code for conference rate is ZOO. 

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 4, 2017



Airport Transportation

Airport Shuttle


Once you are in baggage claim, contact the San Antonio Airport Hilton at (210) 340-6060 for the hotel shuttle.  The shuttle runs 24 hours/day.




Conference Schedule Outline

Conference Schedule

schedule is subject to change

Saturday, November 4, 2017


  • Zoo Animal Training, Barbara Heidenreich
  • Animal Record Keeping programs

Accreditation Inspector Training (invitation only)
ZAA accredited facilities meeting (open only to accredited facility representatives)
AMP meeting (AMP participants only)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Keynote Speaker
Welcome Reception

Monday, November 6, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
Zoo Day at San Antonio Zoo

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
Peer Panel Lunch
Vendor Blender

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
ZAA Business Meeting
Auction & Awards Banquet

Post Conference Tour (optional) - November 9, 2017

Optional - Post-conference tour to Austin Savanna.  See the Post-conference Tour link below for more information.  (Not included in the registration fee.)


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Rick Berman

Berman & Company

In 1987, Rick Berman founded Berman and Company, a full-service research and communications firm. Prior to that Rick was employed as an attorney for Bethlehem Steel, The Dana Corporation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Executive Vice President for Pillsbury.

Berman and Company consistently excels in getting its clients’ and donor messages placed before the public through aggressive media outreach. Berman and Company spokespeople regularly appear on television and radio programs and place over 350 Opinion Editorials in major newspapers every year. Rick and his firm have been extensively profiled for their work in a variety of media outlets including CNBC, CNN, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, Rachel Maddow, TIME, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Berman and Company takes a creative approach to advocacy and is frequently honored for its unique style. Issue advocacy through paid media, internet, TV, radio, and street theater have earned Berman over 180 national awards for creative messaging. Millions of people access Berman-created websites annually. These sites raise awareness and “Change the Debate” on issues regarding animal liberation activists, employment, public school reform, energy, and regulation of foods and beverages.

Berman has also lectured graduate and undergraduate classes at various universities.

A native of New York City, Berman is a graduate of Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.


Post Conference Tour

Post Conference Tour


Thursday - November 9, 2017

Tour of Austin Savanna

Austin Savanna is a private facility located in the Austin, Texas area which raises over 115 species of animals for the purposes of breeding and conservation.  Austin Savanna works to build sustainable herds of many rare and endangered species, as well as working to build herds to be reintroduced to their native countries.


Tour participants will board buses leaving the Hilton at 9:00 am.  The first stop is a tour of Texas Disposal Systems to view the impressive 2,000-acre multi-platform facility including the compost center, recycling operation, and garden center.  Boxed lunches will be provided.  The afternoon tour will consist of Austin Savanna and the Exotic Game Ranch.  Tour participants will board buses in the late afternoon and returned to the Hilton approximately 5:00 pm

*There is a separate fee for the post-conference tour.

San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals representing 750 species on 56 acres. The Zoo's newest three-phase exhibit, Africa Live!, showcases Nile hippo, crocodile, African cichlids, colobus monkey, okapi and giraffe.




Presenting Partner







AnimalCare Software



Animal Equipment by Stoney

Attractions Print

Reliable Protein Products

Safari Ltd.


Spalding Labs

Tomahawk Live Trap

Tracks Software



Longhorn Organics


Visit San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Click here for a San Antonio Visitor's Guide



Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Information


Please contact Gavin Livingston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (816) 813-0696 for exhibitor and sponsorship information.


Download Exhibitor flyer here


Click here for online payment