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

11th Annual ZAA Conference

Las Vegas, Nevada

November 7-10, 2015


Registration information coming soon!

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

More details coming soon


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Registration opens at 3:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Keynote Speaker
Excursion to Lion Habitat Ranch
Newcomer Mixer

Monday, November 9, 2015

Presentations & Sessions
Expert Panel

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Presentations & Sessions
ZAA Open Forum Meeting
Auction & Awards Banquet

Post Confererence Tour

November 11-12, 2015 to Bearizona Wildlife Park and Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium.  See the Post-conference Tour link below for more information.  (Not included in the registration fee.)

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.


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.

Top Ten Free Things to Do in Vegas


Call for Papers

First Call for Papers

Experts say that the average number of texts sent in a week contain 720 words.  You only need 300 words to submit an ABSTRACT for a conference paper or poster for the upcoming ZAA Conference!


First Call for Abstracts:

The ZAA invites you to submit abstracts for the 11th Annual Conference held November 9-12, 2015. This year's conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are excited to hear about your latest projects, ideas, accomplishments and research! Abstracts may be entered for one of the two categories: papers or posters. 


While all topics are welcome, we are specifically looking for topics regarding education, husbandry, training, business management, conservation, construction, design, and facility achievements.


Example of Topics:

In situ Conservation Programs
Successful conservation efforts at your facility (species or fundraising)
Animal Husbandry Topics
Incubation for Aviculturists
Exhibit Design Ideas
Aquatic Life Support Systems for Dummies
Keeping it Clean: Maintaining crystal clear water in active exhibits
Beyond Birthday Parties: Creating/ Delivering Animal Education Programs
Death at the Zoo: talking to visitors about issues and circumstances involving animal deaths
Revenue Generating Add-on Activities: weddings, bunk with the beasts and behind-the-scenes
Applying Green Concepts
Begged, Borrowed and Up-cycled: Incorporating Cheap or Free Materials into Exhibit Design
Enhancing the Guest Experience
Using Invertebrates for Education


Posters should cover techniques, achievements, or innovative approaches to animal care and husbandry, welfare, conservation, training, education or research. Topics may also include zoo operations including management, marketing, volunteer programs or emergency preparedness. Posters will be on display throughout the conference and presenters must be available for discussion with other conference delegates during the designated poster presentation session.

An abstract is not your completed work, rather it is a brief overview, limited to 300 words, of what you plan to talk about.  


Guidelines for Paper and Poster Abstracts:

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be submitted in Microsoft Word 97-2003 Word or higher via email to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If selected, papers and posters will be presented at the 2015 conference. Get your submissions in so we can showcase your facility's hard work and creative efforts at this years conference!

Include the following information:
                  •Title of paper or poster (specify which type of presentation)
                  • Full name of presenter and authors
                  • Institution/Affiliation
                  • Position/Title
                  • Short bio of yourself for introduction
                  • A/V needs
                  • Contact information, including email address

Deadline for abstracts is April 15th, 2015.Presenters will be notified regarding acceptance by May 15th 2015. All final and complete papers must be received by the 15th of June 2015 in order to be included in the program.  ZAA reserves the right to publish papers in the quarterly newsletter.

For more information, please visit our website at www.zaa.org or contact Conference Committee Member, Katy Rich This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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