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Monday, November 29, 2021

9:00am Board of Directors Meeting
9:00am-4:00pm ZAA Animal Welfare Committee Meeting (closed)
room TBD (3rd floor)
 Vendor set-up
Grand Crystal Ballroom A/B/C
10:00am & 1:30pm
Pre-conference Tour: Frank Buck Zoo (see Optional Activities below for details. Registration required)
Frank Buck Zoo
3:00pm-5:45pm  Registration open
 Lobby (Hilton Hotel)
6:00pm-9:00pm  Registration open  Studio 80 (500 Taylor St)
6:00pm-9:00pm  Ice Breaker 
 Studio 80 (500 Taylor St)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

GCB: Grand Crystal Ballroom D, second floor
Vendor Hall: Grand Crystal Ballroom A/B/C, second floor
8:00am-6:00pm Registration open
8:00am  Vendor Hall opens
Vendor Hall

Welcome Message
Dr. Barbara Baker, Chair, ZAA Board of Directors & Michael Fouraker, Director, Fort Worth Zoo


9:10am Keynote Presentation: Navigating the Future
Brad Andrews, American Humane
10:10am USDA
USDA representative  (See Office Hours information below)
10:20am Coffee Break
Vendor Hall
10:45am Pigs Might Not Fly but Pygmy Hippos Do: Case Study of a Multi-country Pygmy Hippo Import
Gavin Livingston, Zoofari Parks, Inc.
11:05am Status Assessment and Identification of Conservation Priorities for the Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly
Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo
11:30am Legislation Roundup
Andrew Wyatt, Vitello Consulting & Charlie Sammut, Chair, ZAA Legislative Task Force
11:55am ZAA Business Meeting
John Seyjagat, ZAA Executive Director
12:10pm Lunch Promenade
1:35pm Nutrition
Dr. Ann Ward, Fort Worth Zoo

2:00pm Vendor Spotlight: Edge Concrete
2:10pm Mental Health: Caring for Those Who Care for Our Animals
Erin McNally, Growing Resiliency for Aquarium & Zoo Employees (GRAZE)
2:35pm Saving the Iconic Radiated Tortoise:  The TSA’s Confiscation to Reintroduction Strategy
Rick Hudson, Turtle Survival Alliance
3:00pm Vendor Spotlight: Endureed/Global Innovation
3:10pm Coffee Break Vendor Hall
3:35pm Zoological Disaster Response, Rescue, and Recovery (ZDR3): What We Do and How to Join
Julia Wagner, ZDR3
4:00pm Vendor Spotlight - Mazuri
4:20pm ZAA Committee Chair Reports
5:15pm Welcome New Members and First Time Attendees
5:30pm-7:30pm Vendor Blender  Vendor Hall
7:30pm Dinner on your own

USDA Office Hours: Private meeting with USDA representative.
Sign up for a time at the registration table. 
General Worth
(3rd floor)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
GCB: Grand Crystal Ballroom D, second floor
Vendor Hall: Grand Crystal Ballroom A/B/C, second floor

8:00am-4:00pm Registration open
8:00am Accredited Facilities Meeting
(Closed meeting. Open to accredited facility representative)

Vendor Hall opens
Vendor Hall
9:00am Announcements GCB
9:10am USFWS
USFWS representative  (See Office Hours information below)
9:20am Cool Conservation Champions Cultivating the Future
Flavio Morrissiey,
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
9:45am Learning to Roll with It: Using Vulva Condition Scores to Determine Fertility and Pregnancy in Southern Three-Banded Armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus)
Amanda Arnold, Frank Buck Zoo
10:10am Vendor Spotlight: McRoberts Sales
10:20am Coffee Break Vendor Hall
10:45am Vendor Spotlight: RocketRez
10:55am Lesser Flamingo Breeding at the Fort Worth Zoo
Brad Hazelton, Fort Worth Zoo
11:20am Rearing Flamingos at Fort Worth Zoo
Rene Serafino, Fort Worth Zoo
11:45am Unique Management and Medical Techniques with Flamingos at the Fort Worth Zoo
Amanda Zalewski, Fort Worth Zoo
12:10pm Vendor Spotlight: The SSA Group
12:20pm SCF and the 3 Rs: Reintroduction, Reinforcement, and Rewilding
John R. Watkin, Sahara Conservation Fund
12:40pm-1:30pm Lunch Promenade
1:00pm-2:00pm Poster Session
Measuring the Welfare of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) in Response to Facility Relocation; Madeline Winans, The Ohio State University Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education

Operant Conditioning in Reptiles: Benefits of Positive Reinforcement; Ambika Yelahanka, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/Centre for Herpetology

An Easy Pill to Swallow: Training 1.2 American black bears to voluntarily take pill capsules; Rachel Hughes, Frank Buck Zoo

Development of an Evidence-Based Welfare Approach for Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) under Human Care; Brittany Fischer, Ohio State University

A Census of Federally Regulated Big Cat Populations within the United States as of December 2020; Rachel Garner, Garner Research & Consulting

Assessing the Impacts of Environmental Changes on the Welfare of Ambassador African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus); Zach England, The Ohio State University

A Year in the Life of Nzuri: Raising a Premature Giraffe Calf; Brianna Wilkerson, Frank Buck Zoo

Vendor Hall
Workshops, see session details below
2:00pm-3:30pm, 3:50pm-5:30pm

3:30pm-3:50pm Coffee Break Vendor Hall
5:30pm Dinner on your own
7:00pm-8:00pm Business Operations Roundup: Gift Shop/Concessions
Panel: (Kayte Hogan, ZooWorld; Jim Andelin, Metro Richmond Zoo; Judy Domaszek, Wildwood Wildlife Park; SSA)

USFWS Office Hours: Private meeting with USFWS representative.
Sign up for a time at the registration table.  
 General Worth
(3rd floor)


Workshop: Education/Training
    Room: Breakout TBD (3rd floor)  2:00pm-5:30pm

2:00pm The Art of Training Animals,
Steve Martin, Natural Encounters
Lessons Learned During COVID,
Fort Worth Zoo
Virtual Programs: Trends Going Forward,
Fort Worth Zoo
Coffee Break - Vendor Hall
Creating a Measurable Conservation Impact Through Programs,
Christopher Lile, Wolf Park, Defenders of Wildlife
Exotic Animal Training: The Construction Approach to Addressing Extreme Fear Responses and Aggressive Behavior,
Barbara Heidenreich, Barbara's Force Free Animal Training
4:30pm Autism Certification for Summer Programs,
Fort Worth Zoo
5:00pm Impact on Education Volunteers,
Fort Worth Zoo

Workshop: Contingency Planning   Room: GCB   2:00pm-5:30pm

 2:00pm-5:30pm Contingency Planning,
Dr. Yvonne Nadler, Zoo and Aquariums All Hazards Partnership
 3:30pm-3:50pm Coffee Break - Vendor Hall

Workshop: Accreditation Inspector Training    Room: Breakout TBD (3rd floor)   2:00pm-5:30pm

 2:00pm-5:30pm Accreditation Inspector Training,
John Seyjagat & Accreditation Committee
 3:30pm-3:50pm Coffee Break - Vendor Hall

Thursday, December 2, 2021
GCB: Grand Crystal Ballroom D, second floor
Vendor Hall: Grand Crystal Ballroom A/B/C
, second floor

8:00am-11:30am Registration open
Directors and Owners Meeting
(Closed meeting. Open to all directors and owners of a facility)
9:00am Announcements GCB
9:10am The Importance of a Documented Animal Welfare Program,
Panel: ZAA Animal Welfare Committee: Dr. Kelly George, chair; Suzi Rapp; Mike Kerr
9:50am Save The Giraffes - Connections in Conservation,
Tiffany Soechting, Save the Giraffes
10:15am Coffee Break Vendor Hall
10:40am Shifting Culture- Be You But Stay Current,
LynnLee Schmidt, Tanganyika Wildlife Park
11:05am-11:30am Conservation of the Jamaican Rock Iguana, Cyclura collei,
Stesha Pasachnik, Fort Worth Zoo
11:45am First bus departs hotel for zoo  (See Zoo Day Schedule)
Hotel lobby

Zoo Day Schedule - Fort Worth Zoo

First bus departs hotel for zoo (Buses leave approx. 11:45, 12:05, 12:30)
Hotel Lobby
12:30pm Lunch at Fort Worth Zoo
Reserve Event Tent
1:30pm Free Time to visit zoo (see schedule below for special events)  

Special Events - Behind the Scenes and Presentations:


Roundtable: Human Resources
Reserve Event Tent

Crisis Management Committee Meeting
Reserve Event Tent

ZDR3 information table
Reserve Event Tent
4:00pm Zoo closing.  Guests move towards Event Tent
4:30pm Cocktails and silent auction Reserve Event Tent
6:30pm Banquet dinner Reserve Event Tent
7:30pm Awards and Live Auction
Reserve Event Tent
8:00-9:30pm Band
Reserve Event Tent
8:30pm First bus departs zoo for hotel, Bus will make round trips until 10:30pm
Parking Lot
10:30pm Last bus departs zoo for hotel Parking Lot

Optional Activities (additional registration required)

Pre-conference Tour -  Frank Buck Zoo: November 29, 2021
Separate registration required.  Choose either 10:00am or 1:30pm. Space is limited.  Transportation and lunch on own.

10:00am Disaster planning, flamingo feeding, giraffe encounter, giraffe training discussion, three-banded armadillo breeding, prairie dog colony management
1:30pm Disaster planning, bear seasonal management program, lemur station training demo, prairie dog colony management, camel demonstration, giraffe training - painting

Post conference tour - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: December 3, 2021
Register for the tour during conference registration. Separate fee required.

9:00am Depart Hotel (meet the bus in the hotel lobby)
Special tour, activities, and lunch at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
4:00pm Back at hotel

Studbook Keeper Workshop: December 3-4, 2021
   9:00am-5:00pm   Texas Ballroom D (Third Floor)
Lunch and dinner on your own
View the workshop page for details
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