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Don't miss the 11th Annual ZAA conference presented by Longhorn Organics in Las Vegas, Nevada! November 7-10, 2015

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11th Annual ZAA Conference - November 7-10, 2015

11th Annual ZAA Conference

presented by

Longhorn Organics


Golden Nugget Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

November 7-10, 2015


Click here for conference registration

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule


Saturday - November 7th

Time Activity Location
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration Conference Center Registration Desk
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ZIMS/ISIS Training Workshop St. Andrew
6:00 pm-10:00 pm Welcome Reception Gold Diggers


Sunday - November 8th

Time Activity Location
8:00 am

Committee meetings


Breakout rooms

Grand Foyer

9:00 am

Welcome & Informaion
Dr. Peter Brewer, ZAA Chairman

Ballroom II & III
9:30 am Speed Topic presentation Ballroom II & III
9:50 am Speed Topic presentation Ballroom II & III
10:10 am Speed Topic presentation Ballroom II & III
10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
James Gesualdi

Ballroom II & III
12:15 pm Depart for Lion Habitat Ranch Bus location TBD
12:45 pm

Arrive at Lion Habitat Ranch
Lunch served

3:00 pm Return to Golden Nugget Hotel  
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Newcomer's Mixer - all are welcome to attend Ballroom I & IV


Monday - November 9th

Time Activity Location

Education Committee Meeting (open)

Cheetah AMP Meeting

Ballroom II

Ballroom III

9:00 am

"Sea Lions in the Desert"
Justine Reha, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

"Surveillance Cameras in Animal & Facility Management"
Holly Hunt & Kelsey Keller, International Animal Exchange

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


9:45 am

USDA Roundtable - Animal Welfare
James Gesualdi
Dr. Robert Gibbens, Director, Western Region, Animal Care, USDA/APHIS

Ballroom III



10:25 am Break Refreshments located in Vendor Ballroom
10:35 am

"Husbandry and Reproduction of Lowland Anoa (Bubalus depressicornis) and Banteng (Bos javanicus) at Center for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates"
Dr. Mark Davis, Center for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates

"Economical Exhibit Design and Construction"
Nick Rich, Tiger World

Ballroom II




Ballroom III


11:20 am

"Community-Based Strategies for Successful Elephant Conservation"
Deborah Olson, International Elephant Foundation

"Digital Recordkeeping"
Eric Trager & Hannah Tozer, Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


12:00 pm Lunch Ballrooms
1:00 pm

"The Business of Outreach"
Allison Blankenship, Zooniversity

"Swift Water Action"
Susan Kleven

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


1:45 pm

"Post Conference Preview"
Bearizona and Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

"Fishing Cat Conservation"
Ashwin Naidu, Fishing Cat Conservancy

Ballroom II


Ballroom III

2:30 pm

"Penguin Husbandry and Conservation"
Cherie Lawrence, Bayworld Museum

"Rhino Encounters"
Betsey Brewer, Southwick's Zoo

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


3:15 pm Free Time  
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Expert Panel Gold Diggers


Tuesday - November 10th

Time Activity Location

Accredited Facility Meeting (closed)

Committee meetings

Ballroom II

Ballroom III

9:00 am

"Conservation of San Joaquin Kit Fox with Sarcopic Mange"
Don Richardson, California Living Museum

"Aquatic Life Support"
Mike Bajek, Golden Nugget Aquarium

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


9:45 am

"Creative Marketing"
Jocelyn Monteverd, Bearizona Wildlife Park

"CBW Permits for Beginners"
Alan Shoemaker

Ballroom II


Ballroom III


10:25 am Break Refreshments located in Vendor Ballroom
10:35 am

"The ZAHP Fusion Center"
Dr. Yvonne Nadler, DVM MPH, USDA

Ballroom II


11:20 am "  "
Brian Klippenstein, Protect the Harvest
Ballroom II
12:00 pm Lunch Ballrooms
1:00 pm ZAA Business Meeting/Open Forum Ballroom II & III
3:00 pm

Free Time


Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Golden Nugget Shark Tank
Limited number of participants





5:30 pm Cocktail Hour/Silent Auction Open Ballroom I & IV
6:30 pm Banquet Dinner Ballroom II & III
7:15 pm Live Auction begins  

 *Subject to change

Post Conference Tour

There is a separate fee for the post-conference tour

November 11-12, 2015

Tour Bearizona Wildlife Park and Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park during an overnight trip.  Check out the Post Conference Tour tab for schedule information.


Conference Hotel

Golden Nugget Hotel

129 East Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

(800) 634-3454


ZAA rate: $75/night (includes wifi, parking, fitness center). 

Group code: GSAZOO


You must book by October 16, 2015 to receive the ZAA conference rate.  This rate is only available for stays on November 6-10, 2015.  Breakfast is provided by ZAA on November 8-10, 2015.


Registration Information

Registration Information


Click here to Register for the 11th Annual ZAA Conference


Full registration $395  (early bird discount for members if you register by October 16, 2015)

Individual day registration is also available.


Don't forget to sign up for the ZIMS Training Workshop (free with conference registration, seating limited) and the Post Conference Tour (separate fee).


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Jim Gesualdi

INTRODUCING JIM GESUALDI, YOUR 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER!  Author of the popular new book "Excellence Beyond Compliance" an inspirational book empowering people who care for animals.

James F. Gesualdi has dedicated himself to his work on legal, regulatory, and strategic matters regarding animal welfare and wildlife conservation. He works extensively with the U.S. Animal Welfare Act and champions ways to improve its administration and enforcement, as well as engaging in consensus building on related policy issues.

Gesualdi’s leadership experience includes serving as chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law; founding co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Animal Law Committee; vice chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Animal Protection Committee, and as a vice chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee. He has also served as a member of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He has served as special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he has taught Animal Law and on the faculty of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Zoo School” for zoological professionals, where he taught courses on ethical considerations relating to animals.

He was special counsel to the marine mammal community’s Working Group on the Reintroduction of Marine Mammals to the Wild; and participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Marine Mammal Negotiated Rulemaking, completing a voluminous “Analysis and Commentary” on this subject.

He earned his B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in Government; his M.A. in Political Science (Public Affairs) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and his J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law from which he graduated with Distinction and where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review. His work has been profiled in the American Bar Association Journal, The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business News and in Yolanda Einstein’s book Careers in Animal Law.


Workshop - ZIMS Training

Workshop - ZIMS Training

ZIMS Workshop

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - Golden Nugget Hotel



Seats are limited – Sign up for the workshop when you register for the ZAA conference!

ZIMS training class

  • Hands-on, face-to-face training and technical support on ISIS software and applications (ZIMS)
  • Gain insight and provide input into further development of ZIMS
  • Participate in discussions of best practices of animal records management
  • Network with zoological professionals
  • Conversations with those who are using ZIMS


  • You must bring your own wi-fi capable laptop with you to participate in the workshop
  • Google chrome is the recommended browser. You can install Google Chrome here: http://www.google.com/chrome/
  • Current ISIS membership is NOT required

For more information, visit http://www2.isis.org/news/Pages/2015ZAAZIMSWorkshop.aspx.
If you have questions, contact Peter Donlon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (651) 447-5573.


About ZIMS

ZIMS (ISIS’s animal recordkeeping software) has almost 1,000 members in 87 countries, including over 400 institutions in North America.  The database includes over six million animals representing over 14,000 species.  Visit the website to learn more about ZIMS (click here).



Presenting Partner






Attractions Print

SR Instruments

HMS Zoo Diets

Aquatic Equipment and Design



Spalding Labs





Animal Equipment by Stoney

Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators

International Species Information System

iZone Imaging

K&K Insurance

Sustainable Swine Resources



Post Conference Tour

Post Conference Tour


Wednesday - November 11, 2015

Time Activity Location
8:00 am Tour buses depart Golden Nugget Hotel  
12:00 pm Arrive & Lunch at Bearizona Wildlife Park. Tour Bearizona Bearizona Wildlife Park
3:00 pm Board tour buses to travel to Phoenix, AZ  
6:00 pm Check into overnight accommodations * Holiday Inn and Suites

Thursday - November 12, 2015

Time Activity Location
7:00 am Breakfast Holiday Inn and Suites
8:30 am Tour buses depart for Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park  
9:00 am Arrive at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park and tour facility Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
12:00 pm Lunch Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
4:00 pm Buses depart for Las Vegas, NV  
8:30 pm Arrive at the Golden Nugget Hotel  

* If you will be traveling on the post-conference tour bus, please make hotel reservations for the overnight stay on November 11th in the Phoenix area at:

Holiday Inn and Suites
9340 W. Cabella Drive
Glendale, AZ 85305

For reservations, call (623) 939-8888.  Ask for the ZAA rate of $99.00, includes breakfast.


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

Airport Transportation

Airport Transportation


Taxi information - https://www.mccarran.com/Go/Taxis.aspx


Shuttles - https://www.mccarran.com/Go/Shuttles.aspx



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Year Host Location
2005 Montgomery Zoo Montgomery, Alabama
2006  Zoological Society of San Diego San Diego, California
2007 Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, Flordida
2008 Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo Omaha, Nebraska
2009 Tanganyika Wildlife Park Wichita, Kansas
2010 Zoo of Acadiana Lafayette, Louisiana
2011   Arlington, Texas
2012 Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium/
Bearizona Wildlife Park

Phoenix, Arizona
2014 Gulf Breeze Zoo Pensacola Beach, Florida
2015   Las Vegas, Nevada