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Full Conference Schedule

Meetings and events will take place at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Schedule is subject to change. If you have questions about the schedule or would like to reserve meeting space, please contact Cheryl Andrews. The Mid-Year Meeting is an in-person meeting only and there will not be a virtual component offered. No sessions or meetings will be recorded or live-streamed and video-conferencing will not be available for people unable to attend. 

*Meetings that are listed as Executive Session are only open to members of that particular Committee or Program. If a meeting is not listed as Executive Session, it is open to all registered attendees as an observer only.

Saturday, March 25
8:00 am - 12:00 pm SAFE Asian Elephant (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Marsupial and Monotreme TAG (Executive Session 9:30 am - 12:00 pm*)
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Green SAG (Executive Session 8:00 am - 3:00 pm*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ASAG Steering Committee (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Animal Population Management (APM) Committee (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Executive Leadership Development Program (Invite Only*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Research and Technology Committee (Executive Session*)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Effective Leadership Planning Meeting (Executive Session*)
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Pre-Conference Tour - Sedgwick County Zoo (additional $75 fee)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm SAFE Tree Kangaroo of Papua New Guinea
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Trends Committee
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE Sharks and Rays
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tree Kangaroo SSP (Executive Session 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm*)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm SAFE African Painted Dog
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE Black Rhino

 

Sunday, March 26
8:00 am - 9:30 am Animal Program Leaders Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Ungulate TAGs
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Safety Summit
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Green Summit
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Professional Development Committee
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Research and Technology Committee
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Volunteer Management Committee (Executive Session 8:00 am - 12:00 pm*)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Diversity Committee
9:30 am - 11:30 am Marine Fishes TAG
9:30 am - 11:30 am Turaco/Cuckoo TAG (Executive Session*)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Raptor TAG Steering Committee (Executive Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm*)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Small Population Management Advisory Group (SPMAG)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Bear TAG (Executive Session 10:00 am - 10:30 am*)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Columbiformes TAG
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Small Carnivore TAG
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Diversity Committee: Regional Communities of Practice (RCP) Liaison Meet-Up
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Marine Mammal TAG Steering Committee (Executive Session*)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Marketing Committee
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Coraciformes and Bucerotiformes TAG
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ethics Board (Executive Session*)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Galliformes TAG
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm SAFE Orangutan
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ambassador Animal SAG (Executive Session 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm*)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Zoo-Park Partnerships
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Penguin TAG
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Piciformes TAG

 

Monday, March 27
8:00 am - 9:00 am SAFE Andean Highland Flamingo
8:00 am - 9:00 am Sihek/Koko (Guam Kingfisher/Guam Rail) Program Update
8:00 am - 10:00 am Wildlife Conservation Committee (Executive Session 8:00 am - 9:00 am*)
8:00 am - 10:30 am SAFE African Penguin
8:00 am - 11:00 am AZA-Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (Executive Session 8:00 am - 9:30 am*)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Public Relations Committee (Executive Session 11:00 am - 12:00 pm*)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Andean Condor SSP Management Workshop
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Safety Summit
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Green Summit
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Accreditation Hearings (Executive Session*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Ungulate TAGs
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Bongo SSP Planning Meeting
9:00 am - 11:00 am Anseriformes TAG
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Diversity Summit (RSVP Required)
Join the AZA Diversity Committee for an engaging day of learning and community building as we focus on the role of mental health and wellness in DEAI. Leaders from our profession will share how to best position and operationalize your DEAI programs for maximum impact, while leading with empathy. The Diversity Summit is included with your conference registration, but RSVP is required.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Social Science Research and Evaluation SAG (Executive Session 10:00 am - 11:00 am*)
10:30 am - 11:30 am SAFE Chinchilla
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Ciconiiformes, Phoenicopteriformes & Pelecaniformes TAG
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Committee Chairs Meeting
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ZooMu: Zoo-Museum Collaborations 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm African-Eurasian Monkey TAG
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Molecular Data for Population Management Scientific Advisory Group (MSAG) (Executive Session 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm*)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Wildlife Trafficking Alliance
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Joint Public Relations/Marketing Committees
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Avian SAG Workshop
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Aquatic Species Well-being and Welfare Monitoring: Focus on Teleosts, Elasmobranchs, and Aquatic Invertebrates
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm SAFE Program Leaders Meeting (Invite Only)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Prosimian TAG
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Business Operations Committee
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Government Affairs Committee
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph (RIL) TAG
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm SAFE North American Songbird
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm SAFE Seascapes
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Education Advisors
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Welcome Reception, hosted by AZA

 

Tuesday, March 28
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
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Movin' On Up
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Ungulate TAGs
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Safety Committee (Executive Session 10:30 am - 11:30 am*)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Advancement Committee
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG) (Executive Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm*)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Climate Action Strategy Banking (led by the Green SAG)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Hot Topics in PR & Social Media (led by the Public Relations Committee)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm What Next? Reimagining Aquatic SSPs 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm AZA-FRTRP - How Do I Get Involved? 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Avian TAG Chairs (Executive Session*)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Aquarium Affairs Committee
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 pm - 8:00 pm Zoo Day at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

 

Wednesday, March 29
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
9:30 am - 11:30 am Hazards and Risk Mitigation When Working with Dangerous Animals (led by the Safety Committee)
9:30 am - 11:30 am SAFE Asian Hornbill, Western Pond Turtle, North American Songbird, Radiated Tortoise, and Giraffe
9:30 am - 11:30 am SAFE Sloth Bear
9:30 am  11:30 am Jaguar SSP/SAFE Jaguar
9:30 am - 11:30 am Avian SAG Steering Committee (Executive Session*)
9:30 am - 5:30 pm AZA Board of Directors 
9:30 am - 5:30 pm Rhino TAG/Rhino Research Council
9:30 am - 5:30 pm Conservation Education Committee (Executive Session 9:30 am - 11:30 am*)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Human Resources Committee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm SAFE Maned Wolf
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Aquatic Collection Sustainability Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Behavior SAG
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Make Your Studbook Data Work For You - Tools, Tips, and Tricks in ZIMS for Studbooks (RSVP Required)
Ever wanted to do deeper investigation into your studbook data? Unfamiliar with the new functionalities in ZIMS such as the Reproductive Dashboard or Managed Groups? Need a refresher on tools like filters and Suggested Animals? This workshop is for you! This workshop will review data conventions and functionality used by AZA Regional Studbooks in the ZIMS for Studbooks software and will introduce new functionalities that have been launched since the studbook migration. 
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Avian SAG General Session
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Volunteer Management Committee (Executive Session*)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ape TAG
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Animal Health Committee

 

Thursday, March 30
8:00 am - 9:00 am New World Primate TAG
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Joint Peoples Committee (Executive Session 8:00 am - 10:00 am*)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm AZA Board of Directors 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm White Rhino and Greater One-Horned Rhino TAG Masterplanning
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Lady Ross' Turaco SSP Planning Meeting
9:00 am - 11:00 am Southern Ground Hornbill Workshop
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Provided for Attendees

 

Friday, March 31
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Post-Conference Tour - Tulsa Zoo (additional $65 fee)


*Meetings that are listed as Executive Session are only open to members of that particular Committee or Program. If a meeting is NOT listed as Executive Session, it is open to all registered attendees as an observer only.



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