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Recommended for studbook keepers, species managers, prospective studbook keepers, other interested individuals

Are you a champion for a species that you think is special and you want to do more?
Do you want to see that species thrive in zoos and know that you helped make that so?
Do you want to have a more direct hand in management and conservation for that species?
If so, consider learning to become a studbook keeper and/or a species manager for that species.

February 13-15, 2024


Sarah Long, ZAA consulting population biologist
Josh Courteau, Species 360

ZAA AMP/Conservation Committee
Ken Kaemmerer
Jason Ahistus
Karen Vacco
John Gramieri


Hyatt Regency DFW
2334 N International Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75261

Room: Houston Room


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

9:00am - 5:00pm | Houston Room

Lunch is provided, dinner on your own

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

9:00am - 5:00pm | Houston Room

Lunch is provided, dinner on your own

Thursday, February 15, 2024

AMP Committee Meeting 9:00 am - 10:30am | Fort Worth Room
9:00am - 5:00pm | Houston Room

Lunch is provided, dinner on your own

Experts in the creation and management of studbooks in Species 360 – ZIMS, population management and experienced studbook keepers and program leaders will teach this three-day workshop.  You will receive the knowledge necessary to create a studbook and start a species program, and more specifically allow you to propose a ZAA Animal Management Program and studbook.  Topics include:

  • Creating a studbook and managing a studbook in Species 360 – ZIMS
  •  Genetic and demographic considerations in population management
  • Lessons in leadership of an animal program
  • Good communication with institutional representatives
  • Challenges to studbook and population management and how to address them

What TO Bring

This is a hands-on workshop

Please bring your laptop, power cord, and an extension cord.  Check that your browser is up to dateIf you are using a work-owned computer, be sure that you will be able to enable wifi and can install software.  Suggested browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. 


Workshop REGIStration

$300 ZAA members
$400 Non-members

Space is limited to 25 students


Hyatt Regency DFW
2334 N International Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75261

2024 Hotel reservations
ZAA Conference rate: $169/night. 
Includes complimentary wifi,  parking, and shuttle service to and from the airport.
Must book by January 29, 2024 to receive the conference rate.


The Studbook Keeper/Species Manager Scholarship was created to provide an opportunity for an individual to attend the workshop who might not otherwise be able to attend due to limited finances.

  • Two (2) scholarships will be awarded for the February 2024 Studbook Keeper/Species Manager Workshop.
  • Includes $300 stipend plus FREE workshop registration to attend the 3-day Studbook Keeper Workshop.
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