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Full Conference Schedule


Meetings and workshops will take place at the Arizona Grand Resort and are open to all registered attendees, unless noted as Executive Session or Invite Only. Schedule is subject to change.

If you have questions about the schedule or would like to reserve meeting space, please contact Cheryl Wallen.
 

Saturday, April 13
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Green SAG (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (Executive Session 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Executive Leadership Development Program (Invite Only)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Ungulate TAGs Meetings and Workshops
8:30 am - 12:00 pm Canid and Hyenid TAG
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Professional Development Committee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Mariana Fruit Dove SSP Planning Meeting
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE: African Vultures (Executive Session 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Antelope and Giraffe TAG Steering Committee (Executive Session)

 

Sunday, April 14
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Ungulate TAGs Meetings and Workshops
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Marine Mammal TAG (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Animal Welfare Committee
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (Executive Session 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Facilitating Species Conservation Planning Workshop (Additional Registration Required)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Green Summit
9:00 am - 10:00 am PaCCT TAG
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Diversity Summit
9:00 am - 5:30 pm Becoming True Agents for Change: Mobilizing our Audiences to Take Meaningful Action for Conservation (Additional $150 Fee)
10:00 am - 11:00 am Galliformes TAG
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Whooping Crane SSP (Executive Session)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees and TAG Mart
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Raptor TAG - CANCELLED
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Gruiformes TAG (Executive Session)
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Animal Health Committee
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ZIMS for Studbooks Module Training
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEC Regional Community of Practice Regional Liaison Meeting

 

Monday, April 15
8:00 am - 10:00 am Marsupial & Monotreme TAG
8:00 am - 10:00 am Rodent Insectivore and Lagomorph TAG
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Public Relations Committee (Executive Session 8:00 am - 10:00 am)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Marine Mammal TAG (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm The Moor-hens the Merrier: Mixed-species Aviary Husbandry Workshop
8:00 am - 2:00 pm SAFE: African Penguin (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Human Resources Committee
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Green Summit
9:00 am - 10:00 am SAFE Program Leaders
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Marketing Committee (Executive Session)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Advancement Committee (Executive Session 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Conservation Education Committee (Executive Session 9:00 am - 10:30 am)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Ungulate TAGs Meetings and Workshops
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Population Management Center (PMC) Help Desk
9:00 am - 5:00 pm WCMC/ZIMS for Studbooks Help Desk
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Business Operations Committee
10:00 am - 12:00 pm SAFE: Vaquita
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Government Affairs Committee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees and TAG Mart
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Committee Chairs Meeting
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Collection Planning Workshop
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Field Conservation Committee (Executive Session 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Aquarium Affairs Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Joint Public Relations and Marketing Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Trends Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Diversity Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Avian Welfare Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response and Recovery (ZAHP) Fusion Center Town Hall
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE: African Penguin
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE: Cheetah (Executive Session 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Annual Conference Program Committee (Executive Session)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm SAFE: Orangutan (Executive Session)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm People Committee's Joint Meeting (Executive Session)
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Icebreaker at OdySea Aquarium

 

Tuesday, April 16
7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 am - 9:30 am General Session
9:30 am - 10:30 am Break with Exhibitors
9:30 am - 10:30 am SAFE: African Lion
10:00 am - 11:30 am Using Community-Based Conservation Engagement in AZA Conservation Programs Roundtable
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Program Leaders Meeting
     10:00 am – 10:45 am: Sustainability Partner Discussion
     10:45 am – 11:30 am: ZIMS for Studbooks Transition Discussion
     11:30 am – 12:30 pm: General Program Leader Topics/Discussion
10:00 am -12:30 pm Human Resources Committee
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Advancement Committee
10:30 am - 11:30 am SAFE: Giraffe
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Safety Committee (Executive Session)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Sustainability as an Industry Imperative - Green SAG Roundtable
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Marketing Committee
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Generating Revenue through Special Events
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Critical Thinking: Moving Beyond Our Own Biases
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Zoo-Park Partnerships for America’s Keystone Wildlife Collaborative
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Annual Conference Call for Papers - Tips from the Program Committee
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Rhino TAG
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Ambassador Animal SAG (Executive Session)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm SAFE: Radiated Tortoise
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 pm - 8:30 pm Zoo Day at Phoenix Zoo

 

Wednesday, April 17
7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 am - 9:00 am General Session
9:00 am - 9:30 am Break with Exhibitors
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Reproductive Management Center (RMC) Help Desk
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Black Mangabey SSP Planning
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Grant’s Gazelle SSP Planning Meeting
9:00 am - 5:00 pm WCMC/ZIMS for Studbooks Help Desk
9:30 am - 10:30 am Anseriformes TAG
9:30 am - 11:00 am Avian SAG Steering Committee (Executive Session)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Ambassador Animal SAG
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Nature Play Leaders (Executive Session)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Elephant TAG/SSP
9:30 am - 5:00 pm AZA Board of Directors
9:30 am - 5:30 pm Safety Summit
9:30 am - 6:00 pm Addressing the Human Dimensions of Conservation in AZA Conservation Programs Using Community Based Conservation Engagement - CANCELLED
10:00 am - 11:00 am SAFE: Shark and Ray (Executive Session)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Research and Technology Committee
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Movin’ On Up: An Interactive Career Development Exploration for Mid-Level Leaders
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Volunteer Management Committee (Executive Session 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Marketing Committee
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Bird TAG Chairs (Executive Session)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm SAFE: Gorillas
11:00 am - 12:00 pm SAFE: Western Pond Turtle
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided with Exhibitors
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm SAFE: Sea Turtle
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Conservation Education Committee Education Advisors - CANCELLED
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Zoo Conservation Outreach Group
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Primate TAGs Collaborative Thinking Session (Executive Session 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
The four Primate TAGs (Prosimian, New World, Old World and Ape) will be hosting this first ever joint meeting to identify our aligned priorities and develop collaborative strategies. The meeting will consist of a working session where we will have discussions, activities, and defined outcomes, including a portion of updates on each TAGs current successes, challenges, and future directions.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Red River Hog Planning
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Avian SAG General Session
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Cervid TAG Regional Collection Plan
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm SAFE: Black-footed Ferret
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Small Population Management Advisory Group (SPMAG)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm SAFE: Whooping Crane (Executive Session)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm SAFE: Asian Elephant

 

Thursday, April 18
8:00 am - 9:00 am New World Primate TAG
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Penguin TAG (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Parrot TAG Regional Collection Plan Working Meeting (Executive Session 8:00 am - 11:00 am)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Elephant TAG/SSP
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Ciconiiformes/Phoenicopteriformes/Pelecaniformes TAG (Executive Session)
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Safety Summit
8:00 am - 5:00 pm AZA Board of Directors
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Jaguar SSP
9:00 am - 11:00 am ZIMS for Studbooks Module Training
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for All Attendees
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm SAFE: African Penguin (Executive Session)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Elephant TAG/SSP (Executive Session)

 

Friday, April 19
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Post-Conference Tour - Reid Park Zoo & Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Additional $75 Fee)



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