|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|
|2012||Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo||Pigeon Forge, Tennessee|
Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium/
|2014||Gulf Breeze Zoo||Pensacola Beach, Florida|
|2015||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2016||Southwick's Zoo||Providence, Rhode Island|
12th Annual ZAA Conference
Information coming soon
ZAA Mid-Year Meeting
August 15-17, 2016
Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island
Registration coming soon
Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
1850 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island
Conference room rate is $109.00 plus tax each night.
To reserve a room:
- call Starwood Reservations at (888) 627-7182 or (401) 738-4000. Group code: Zoo and Aquarium 2016 Conference
- Or make your reservations online.
You must make your reservation on or before July 15, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Subject to availability.
Complimentary 24 hour shuttle to and from the airport
Monday, August 15, 2016
7:00pm-10:00pm Welcome Mixer
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
11:00am Buses depart hotel
11:30am-7:00pm Zoo Day at Southwick's Zoo
Workshop - Zoo Animal Training with Barbara Heidenreich
Zoo Animal Training: Everyday Essentials and Exploring the New Frontiers
Workshop - Primate Husbandry
Swing in, embrace your inner simian and enhance your knowledge for better care of your primates with The Primate Husbandry Workshop. This workshop will cover all the major groups including prosimians, new and old world primates, and the lesser and great apes. Topics will include:
- natural history
- captive husbandry
- mixed species exhibits
- issues of note for importations
- veterinary preventative programs/medical concerns
Ken Kaemmerer, Curator of Mammals, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Karen Vacco, Assistant Curator of Mammals, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
John Gramieri, General Curator, Austin Zoo
Dr. Peter Brewer, Director, Southwick's Zoo
Workshop - Conservation Education & Animal Ambassadors
Booking Field Trips and Outreach Programs: Tips and Tricks to Keep You Organized
By Erinn Stiles
During this workshop, we will delve into the process of organizing field trips and outreach programs including initial contact, booking, confirmation, reminder, and welcome documents. The process of organizing field trips and outreach programs is a difficult and time-consuming one, and this workshop will give you the tools to help teachers navigate the system and leave them feeling like yours was the easiest field trip or outreach they ever booked.
Choosing Appropriate Animal Ambassadors: The Good, the bad and the Ugly
By Jackie Navarro
It doesn’t have to be trial by fire. Learn from other facilities successes and failures. There are many resources out there to glean information from. Careful consideration must be given to permit restrictions, housing requirements, experience level of staff, plan B (what if things don’t work out?) etc. before obtaining any potential Animal Ambassador for your programs. It is our ethical obligation to do so. Live Animal Ambassadors allow us to more effectively deliver conservation and preservation messages. They are known to engage and inspire better stewardship practices from younger generations.
Develop Your Programs and Messages
Bringing it to the People" Fostering Respect for Wildlife Through Live Animal Interpretation
By David Kleven, Susan Kleven, and Betsey Brewer Bethel
There are many excellent passive methods for fostering respect for wildlife, but nothing brings people closer to wildlife than zoos and aquariums. Live animal presentations provide an opportunity to actively engage your audience. Join us for an exploration of best practices for developing meaningful audience engagement.
Ladies & Gentleman, Please Welcome...
Moderated by Betsey Brewer Bethel, David Kleven, and Susan Kleven
Join us for a fun and interactive exercise to fine tune your interpretive programs. This will be an opportunity to take the topics discussed in the previous education workshops and put them into practice.
Workshop - ZIMS Training
ZIMS: Inventory, Husbandry, Medical Records - Why Bother?
Targeted Audience - Prospective ISIS members, those getting started with digital records management.
- Preserves organization’s accumulated animal knowledge
- Provides quick access to information – locally and globally
- Strengthens husbandry, medical, breeding, conservation results
- Improves staff efficiency and productivity; institutional planning; collection management initiatives
- Reduces operating costs
Getting the Most Out of What is New in ZIMS!
Targeted Audience - Current ISIS members, those who have ZIMS logins and existing experience with standardized records management.
- Advance topics on inventory, husbandry, medical management
- Species holdings, specimen reports, consolidated inventory, animals available and wanted, weight comparisons, pedigree explorer, phys norms, anesthesia summaries, enclosure treatments, and more.
- Enrichment management and calendaring to increase team collaboration
- Keeper Daily Reporting to replace paper processing and share the work load
- Aquarium features, including: Aquarist Daily logging, Wild Acquisition and Enclosure Activity reporting
- Batch functionality for simultaneous updating of Weight, Health Status, and Body Condition Score from a single screen
- New tools! Visualizations with Animal and Institutional data charts.
- Preview of Population Management Features coming into ZIMS soon!
- Open user Q&A session.
ZAA has negotiated, due to high ZAA member interest, this free ZIMS Workshop along with an ISIS fee discount - 40% reduction in the ISIS initiation fee for all new members that sign up between August 15 - September 30, 2016.