|2005||Montgomery Alabama||Montgomery Zoo|
|2006||San Diego, California||Zoological Society of San Diego|
|2007||Tampa, Florida||Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo|
|2008||Omaha, Nebraska||Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo|
|2009||Wichita, Kansas||Tanganyika Wildlife Park|
|2010||Lafayette, Louisiana||Zoo of Acadiana|
|2012||Pigeon Forge, Tennessee||Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo|
Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium/
|2014||Pensacola Beach, Florida||Gulf Breeze Zoo|
|2015||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2016||Providence, Rhode Island||Southwick's Zoo|
12th Annual ZAA Conference
Information coming soon
ZAA Mid-Year Conference
August 15-17, 2016
Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island
Mid-Year Conference Schedule
Full registration $225
Full registration includes:
- all workshop registrations
- conference packet
- all breakfasts (2)
- all coffee breaks (4)
- Welcome Reception with 2 drink tickets
- daily lunches
- Zoo Day, including round trip trainsportation from hotel to Southwick's Zoo, admission to Southwick's Zoo, all Zoo Day activities - lunch, coctail reception, dinner
Individual day registration is also available:
Monday, August 15 - $75
(includes workshops, 2 coffee breaks, boxed lunch, Welcome Reception, 2 drink tickets for reception)
Tuesday, August 16 - $75
(includes workshops, breakfast, 2 coffee breaks, lunch)
Wednesday, August 17 - $99
(includes workshops, breakfast, roundtrip from hotel to Southwick's Zoo, admission to Southwick's Zoo, all Zoo Day activities - lunch, cocktail reception and dinner)
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 29, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Subject to availability.
Complimentary 24 hour shuttle to and from the airport
Sheraton Providence Hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle 24 hours/day.
Call the hotel at (401) 738-4000 when you arrive at the airport to schedule the shuttle. Schedule your return to the airport at the hotel front desk.
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
By Derek Small
“Perception is 9/10 th of reality” – so make your reality or somebody else might for you. How are you, your animals, your programs and your organization perceived by your community, audiences, customers and the public at large? Do you have clear and concise messaging? Is there consistency and integrity in your programming?
Taking the time and effort to identify your core messages, give structure and framework to your classes and presentations… and train presenters and staff to ensure consistency and integrity of program delivery, is critical to the success of aspiring ZAA professional educators!
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 - Media & Communications
Developing a Media Plan
During this session, guests will learn successful steps to develop a solid media plan. Items discussed will include creating a media packet, relationship building, writing a press release, event and activity ideas to encourage positive media coverage, and how to present the organization during a media event. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
During this session, guests will learn the necessary steps to prepare for a crisis situation in the media and the actions to take throughout the process. Items discussed will include developing a crisis communications plan, media on site, do’s and don’ts during an emergency media situation, and what types of events warrant moving into your crisis communication plan. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Jamie Szoszorek, Director of Marketing & PR, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Tracy Gray, Manager of Media & Public Relations, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
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.
Workshop - Dangerous Animal Emergency Response Training
Emergency Response for Dangerous Animals
The development and procedures for dangerous animal emergency response teams will be discussed with experiences from several zoos including with participants’ institutions. Formation of shoot teams will be examined including choice of weapons for particular species, selection of team members, practice and qualifying, communication and judgement and options to lethal force. Structure and response of emergency team members will be addressed including use of Incident Command System procedures and coordination with outside responding emergency authorities or agencies.
Ken Kaemmerer, Curator of Mammals, Pittsburgh Zoo
John Gramieri, General Curator, Austin Zoo
John Lubawski, Rangemaster, Pittsburgh Police Bureau Traning Academy
Lex Salisbury, Owner, Safari Wilderness
Southwick's Zoo Tour
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
|11:00 am||Buses depart hotel for Southwick's Zoo||Hotel lobby|
|12:00 pm-1:00pm||Arrive & Lunch at Southwick's Zoo||Corporate Events Pavillion|
|1:00pm-4:30pm||Explore zoo (details coming soon)|
|4:30pm||Appetizers and cocktails||Corporate Events Pavillion|
|7:00pm||Buses depart for Sheraton Providence Hotel|
Mid-Year Conference Sponsors
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo
Sponsor a break
Sponsor choice of Welcome Reception, Conference Passport, Breakfast (Tuesday or Wednesday)
Sponsor choice of Lunch (Monday or Tuesday), Conference Swag
Benefits include: mention in the conference passport, ZAA Newsletter and Journal and ZAA Facebook page, name/logo displayed during sponsored event/activity, and more!