Coming Events

April 10 or 11, 2018
(*same workshop held each day)
Ape Cardio Health Workshop
Waco, TX
Hosted by Cameron Park Zoo
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Professional Training: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, Virginia, USA

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), will be offering a range of programs relevant to the professional zoo community in 2018. All courses are currently either 1- or 2-week intensive residential courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center on the grounds of SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. All courses offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and some can be taken for graduate credit as well. Limited scholarships are available for eligible applicants. See our upcoming offerings below and check out our website for more course details and pricing. Visit our website ( and click on “Upcoming Courses” for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned. You can also click on the hyperlinks below.

April 16-20, 2018

Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers

The IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, in partnership with other leading international conservation organisations, will be delivering a professional training course designed to enable conservation managers, scientists and students to manage group decision-making processes more effectively. In today’s world many of the conservation problems we solve, decisions we take and plans we develop involve collaboration with other people and organisations. Such collaboration is difficult to achieve and requires a certain set of interpersonal and process skills to be most effective. This course is designed to achieve this, building your competencies around listening, conflict resolution, team development, problem-solving and collective group decision-making.  By the end of the course you should feel better equipped to manage internal meetings, difficult inter-personal discussions and design multi-stakeholder planning workshops.

May 4-6, 2018
Recon:  Reconnecting with Elephants in Restricted Contact
Colorado Springs, CO
Hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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May 7-11, 2018

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management

This course is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience within one of the oldest zoo nutrition programs in the US. Participants will become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition, as well as the details of managing a zoo commissary (food procurement and preparation) operation. Course topics include: commissary design and operation; nutrient and energy metabolism of zoo and wild animals; principles of feeding a wide variety of animal taxa; diet formulation and evaluation, and basic commissary management. The course is taught by the Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP), Mike Maslanka, his staff, as well as other zoo nutritionists from AZA-accredited facilities. The course will be based at NZP’s satellite facility in Front Royal, Virginia where 21 species of endangered and threatened mammal and bird species are managed in a unique captive setting. At least one trip to NZP in Washington, DC is included, with behind-the-scenes tours of the commissary operation, elephants and big cats.

May 14-18, 2018
RAW: Regional Aquatics Workshop
Tampa, FL
Hosted by The Florida Aquarium
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June 4-15, 2018

Camera Trapping Study Design and Data Analysis for Occupancy and Density Estimation

June 20-23, 2018
2018 International Herpetological Symposium (IHS)
Houston, TX
Hosted by the East Texas Herpetological Society and Houston Zoo
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July 22-28, 2018
Felid TAG Meeting and Husbandry Course
Fresno, CA
Hosted by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo
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July 23 – August 3, 2018

Non-Invasive Techniques and Applications in Wildlife Endocrinology

The purpose of this course, taught by the experts at the National Zoo’s Endocrinology Laboratory, is to provide theoretical information and practical experience in using endocrine monitoring techniques for assessing reproductive status and welfare in wildlife species, both in captive and wild scenarios. Lectures will cover aspects of basic biology, theory of immunoassay methodology, reproductive endocrinology and stress physiology, and examples of data obtained from in-situ and ex situ studies of wildlife species. Extensive lab work will include demonstrations and hands-on experience in sample (urine and feces) processing and analysis using enzyme immunoassay technology. Computer lab sessions will include basic and advanced data analysis techniques. Participants will also work on independent group projects where they will apply what they have learned and complete a full lab analysis and data interpretation themselves. A comprehensive endocrine training manual will be provided to course participants.

August 12-15, 2018
2018 Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles
Fort Worth, TX
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August 23-25, 2018
International Symposium on Pangolin Care and Conservation
Brookfield, IL
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society
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August 26-29, 2018
Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians
Columbus, OH
Hosted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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September 17-28, 2018
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. Ecology and Conservation of Migrating Birds
Front Royal, VA
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September 23-27, 2018
AZA Annual Conference
Seattle, WA
Hosted by Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo
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October 14-18, 2018
International Congress on Zookeeping
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hosted by Fundacion Temaiken and the International Congress of Zookeepers
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October 15-20, 2018
Otter Keeper Workshop
Portland, OR
Hosted by Oregon Zoo
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October 25-27, 2018
Waterfowl Conservation Workshop
Greenville, NC
Hosted by International Wild Waterfowl Association and Sylvan Heights Bird Park
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