These are very difficult times during this full blown COVID -19 pandemic sweeping our nation. After being shuttered for 60 days beginning March with no gates and now operating at below 50% capacity, all of us are feeling the effects of the economic challenges as we try to keep our businesses alive and operational.

The pandemic created worse challenges including social distancing, mandatory face covering and travel restrictions, resulting in a reluctance to travel and gather for conferences and social events.

As a result, ZAA regrettably and reluctantly cancels its 2020 ZAA Annual Conference hosted by Fort Worth Zoo.

We thank you for your support and cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Hopefully, this will all be over in due course and life will be back to normal as we know it.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas when we figure out the 2021 Mid-Year Meeting and 2021 Annual Conference.


John Seyjagat
Executive Director
Zoological Association of America

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Fall 2021


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Day 1

Pre-conference tour (optional)
Ice Breaker

Board of Directors meeting
Vendor set-up

Day 2

Keynote Speaker

General Session

Vendor Blender

Day 3

General Session

Day 4

Zoo Day and Banquet at the Fort Worth Zoo

Optional (additional registration required)

Day 5 & 6

Studbook Keeper Workshop


Selected papers should focus on techniques, achievements, or innovative approach to animal care, husbandry, welfare, conservation, training, education, or research. Topics may also include business operations, including management, marketing, volunteer programming, emergency preparedness, etc.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.  Deadline for submissions is ________.  Link for abstracts coming soon 

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Brad Andrews
Global Director, Humane Conservation
American Humane

"Navigating the Future"

A timely discussion regarding the future of animals in human care and the power of teamwork

Brad Andrews is Global Director of American Humane's Humane Conservation program. An internationally recognized figure in the zoological field, Andrews is also Emeritus Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, where is was responsible for all Sea World/Busch Gardens parks' animal programs, including husbandry, breeding, training, beach animal rescue programs, education and transportation and acquisition procedures.

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He holds a biology/chemistry degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. Andrews is a board member of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Wildlife Alliance, International Elephant Foundation, International Rhino Foundation, Cheetah Conservation Fund, African Carnivore Research Association, Global Conservation Network, and United States Rugby Foundation. Andrews serves as past chair of the Associate of Zoos and Aquariums, past president of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. He also serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Groups, a member of the International marine Animal Trainers Association, the International Wild Waterfowl Association, the Society of Marine Mammalogists, and the European Association for Aquatic Mammals.


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