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    • February 08, 2022
    • February 11, 2022
    • Gulf Breeze, Florida

    Hosted at Gulf Breeze Zoo
    Gulf Breeze, Florida

    February 8, 2022
    Board of Directors Meeting (Gulf Breeze Zoo, Serengeti Room)

    February 9, 2022
    Accreditation (closed meeting)
    Safety & Security


    February 10, 2022
    Professional Development (10:30am-12:00pm)

    Tour of Gulf Breeze Zoo

    February 11, 2022
    Post-meeting tour to ZooWorld & GulfWorld 

    9:00am Depart Hotel to Panama City Beach

    11:30pm  GulfWorld Tour and Lunch

    2:30pm -5:00pm Tour ZooWorld

    5:00pm Dinner and return trip to hotel

    Hotel: Springhill Suites
    8375 Gulf Blvd, Navarre Beach, Florida 32566

    Hotel reservation deadline is January 12, 2022.
    ZAA Group Rate (click here): https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1640633175514&key=GRP&app=resvlink

    Check the ZAA website for more information on the 2022 Mid-Year Working Meeting:  https://zaa.org/midyear-meeting

    • February 11, 2022
    • ZooWorld, Panama City Beach, Florida
    • 11

    9:00am   Depart hotel to Panama City Beach
    11:30am  GulfWorld tour and lunch
    2:30pm    ZooWorld tour
    5:00pm    Dinner and return to hotel

    Transportation, lunch and dinner are included. Space is limited.

    • March 09, 2022
    • March 12, 2022
    • Lincoln, NE
    IAATE Nebraska 2022: 30 Years of Soaring to New Heights

    March 9-12, 2022
    Hosted by IAATE, Lincoln NE


    • March 21, 2022
    • March 24, 2022
    • Netherlands

    EAZA: Animal Welfare Forum
    March 21-24, 2022
    Apenheul Primate Park, Netherlands

    Register: eaza.net/events/eaza-animal-welfare-forum

    The AWF will bring together representatives of zoos and aquariums, welfare organisations and academic institutions for workshops, presentations and other activities, discussing and highlighting an evidence-based approach to animal welfare and bridging the gap between welfare research and application.

    • April 06, 2022
    • April 10, 2022
    • Phoenix, AZ

    Feline Conservation Foundation Annual Conference


    • August 14, 2022
    • August 18, 2022
    • Denver, CO

    Association of Avian Veterinarians

    ExoticsCon 2022


    • September 17, 2022
    • September 23, 2022
    • Houston, TX
    • October 13, 2022
    • October 17, 2022
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The Zoological Association of America has compiled the information presented here for the benefit of persons interested in educational opportunities and careers in animal care and management. It has been gathered from many sources, including third parties. Correspondingly, the ZAA cannot endorse programs or institutions beyond its own process to accredit ZAA facilities.  Also, the ZAA cannot verify current courses of study at any institution, represent that the above is a complete list of academic programs, or endorse any particular path to careers in the industry. 

There are many ways that people enter the field of working with wild and exotic animals professionally. Through volunteerism, internships, certifications, degree plans or some combination of those are all instrumental in pursuit of a career working with wild and exotic animals. Many degrees are widely accepted in the field including Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Zoology, Zoo Science and more.

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