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Upcoming Events

Best Practices in Animal Keeping
Date: April 26 — May 1, 2014
Location: Toledo Zoological Gardens
Description: Best Practices in Animal Keeping (formerly Advances in Animal Keeping) covers the essentials of animal keeping across all taxa. The course focuses on the very highest standards in animal husbandry, in combination with problem solving, team building and interpersonal skills. You will engage with professional colleagues and apply what you learn back at your home institution.

Principles of Elephant Management II-Orlando
Date: May 12 — 15, 2014
Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom
Description: Principles of Elephant Management II focuses on the skills necessary to safely accomplish all of the AZA-required elephant behavioral components. Live training demonstrations and hands-on experiences will be utilized to combine the teaching of advanced elephant principles with best occupational safety practices.

NatureStart
Date: September 29 — October 4, 2014
Location: Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Description: NatureStart provides zoo and aquarium professionals with a foundation in competency-based practices for developing and implementing learning experiences and environments for young children and their families which lead to increased ecological identity and conservation involvement.

Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs
Date: October 19 — 24, 2014
Location: TBD
Description: Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs provides students with the tools and skills needed to set up and manage a successful enrichment and training program that meets AZA accreditation standards. This course focuses on developing the components of a successful program and learning the leadership skills needed to successfully implement that program.

Principles of Elephant Management II-Houston
Date: October 21 — 24, 2014
Location: Houston Zoo, Inc.
Description: Principles of Elephant Management II focuses on the skills necessary to safely accomplish all of the AZA-required elephant behavioral components. Live training demonstrations and hands-on experiences will be utilized to combine the teaching of advanced elephant principles with best occupational safety practices.