Zoological Association of America
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

Grand II, III
9:30 am Speed Topic presentation  
9:50 am Speed Topic presentation  
10:10 am Speed Topic presentation  
10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
James Gesualdi

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 Grand I, IV


Monday - November 9th

Time Activity Location
8:00am Education Committee Meeting (Open)

Grand II

9:00 am Presentations  
9:45 am Presentations  
10:25 am Break Refreshments located in Vendor Ballroom
10:35 am Presentations  
11:20 am Presentations  
12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm Presentations  
1:45 pm Presentations  
2:30 pm Presentations  
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)

9:00 am Presentations  
9:45 am Presentations  
10:25 am Break Refreshments located in Vendor Ballroom
10:35 am Presentations  
11:20 am Presentations  
12:00 pm Lunch Ballroom
1:00 pm ZAA Business Meeting/Open Forum Grand II, III
3:00pm Free Time  
5:30 pm Cocktail Hour/Silent Auction Open Grand I, IV
6:30 pm Banquet Dinner Grand II, III
7:15 pm Live Auction begins  


Post-Conference Tour Schedule

There is a separate fee for the post-conference tour

Wednesday - November 11th

Time Activity Location
TBD Buses depart Golden Nugget Hotel for Bearizona Wildlife Park TBD
TBD Tour Bearizona Wildlife Park and lunch Bearizona Wildlife Park
TBD Depart Bearizona Wildlife Park for Phoenix, Arizona.  Overnight in Phoenix  


Thursday - November 12th

Time Activity Location
TBD Buses depart hotel for Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park TBD
TBD Tour Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park and lunch Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium an
TBD Buses depart for Golden Nugget Hotel  

* Subject to change


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 9, 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






Post-conference Tour

Post-conference Tour


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bearizona Wildlife Park tour and lunch 
Overnight in Phoenix, Arizona

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium tour and lunch 
Return to conference hotel.


*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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