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Professional Certificate Course: Innovation in Small Primate Care

*If registering for this 12 hour workshop, you cannot register for any other afternoon workshops on these 3 days.

Innovation in Small Primate Care

Course Abstract

This 12-hour workshop is designed for keepers interested in small primate husbandry, with a focus on callitrichids, small cebids, and small prosimians.  The course will concentrate on innovations in small primate care from medical management techniques to managing large social groups and breeding.Topics such as health and nutrition, behavioral management, exhibit management, and mixed species exhibits will be covered. Techniques learned may be transferable between primate species.

Small Primate Professional Certificate Course Pull- Out: Managing Social Groups of Small Primates

You may only register for a MAXIMUM of two workshops. If Registering for a Professional Certificate Course, you may not register for any other afternoon workshops.

Limited Topical -  Registration Needed

Workshop Abstract:

Participants will learn techniques in managing and problem solving with social groups of small primates.  Topics will include: husbandry management in social groups, behavioral management and observations, training in social settings, managing singly housed primates, and mixed species exhibits. 

Primary Workshop Instructor and Institution: TBD, Abby Peterson, Denver Zoo

The Personal Touch: Using Animals to Create an Individual Connection to Conservation

You may only register for a MAXIMUM of two workshops. If Registering for a Professional Certificate Course, you may not register for any other afternoon workshops.

Limited Topical -  Registration Required

Workshop Abstract:

The use of program animals in zoological collections as a means of connecting guests with the natural world has grown in popularity throughout recent years. Directly engaging with an animal not only offers guests a memorable experience, but also allows for the opportunity to deliver educational and conservation messages in a highly personalized manner, thus strengthening their overall effect. Unfortunately, it is easy to fall into the routine of  line up, touch with two fingers, and don't forget your hand sanitizer! . We can all remember a moment in our lives that changed the way we looked at the world, and it probably wasn't while standing in one of these lines  This workshop will focus on how to bring out the best in your guests by showing off the best your animals can offer. We will cover topics such as guest husbandry participation, defining moments, storytelling, and more. After a guided opening lecture, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm their own ideas for program animal interpretation and put them into practice with visiting program animals. Instructors will also cover tips and techniques for incorporating these ideas into traditional zoological collections with non-outreach animals.

Ungulates Unleashed: Thinking outside the herd with Ungulate management

You may only register for a MAXIMUM of two workshops. If Registering for a Professional Certificate Course, you may not register for any other afternoon workshops.

Limited Topical -  Registration Required

Workshop Abstract:

The Denver Zoological Foundation has a large and diverse ungulate collection.  Over the past couple of years it has been a priority for our entire hoofstock team to go above and beyond what is considered  normal  ungulate management.  Come see how we have taken hoofstock management to a whole new level:

Training

o   Utilizing training crates for blood draw and injections

o   Free contact and working walls for acupuncture and massage therapy

Enrichment

o   Debunking the myth that enrichment may scare ungulates or go unused

Social

o   Mixed species

o   Innovative approaches to managing singly housed animals

Making Ungulates sexy

o   Tapping into marketing and social media

o   Keeper talks and tours

o   Engaging your own staff

Quality Of Life/Observational tactics

o   Creating lifelong wellness trackers and end of life parameters

o   Behavioral observations through volunteers, ethograms, and surveillance

 

Rocky Mountain AAZK - Denver Zoo Day

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

Rocky Mountain AAZK Post Conference Trip - Denver Experience

Experience Denver is a fun post conference trip where you get to see a bit of what Colorado has to offer! You will get go on a hike of Mt. Falcon, explore the world renowned Red Rocks amphitheater, and tour a local brewery.

Mt. Falcon is a 2.3 mile loop where you can take in several historic sites as well as breathtaking views of Denver. If you think of Red Rocks Park as just a beautiful place to see a concert, think again! Around you are 738 total acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas. Red Rocks Amphitheater is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. From Sting and The Beatles, to opera stars and U2, every artist aspires to play on this magical, spiritual and emotional stage., and the Front Range. After a day of hiking and exploring, you'll get to relax and enjoy a tour of one of our very own local Colorado breweries!

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

Rocky Mountain AAZK Post Conference Trip - Pueblo Zoo

Complete your conference experience with a post conference trip to the Pueblo Zoo. Home to more than 400 animals and 120 species including guest favorites –lions, playful otters and penguins. The Pueblo Zoo is an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facility that covers twenty-five acres in the southwest quadrant of Pueblo City Park. Under the direction of the non-profit Pueblo Zoological Society, the Zoo is a place where animals are exhibited in natural settings, where the interdependence of earth's life (plants and animals - including human beings) is made clear for everyone to see, understand, and appreciate.

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018   September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

Rocky Mountain AAZK Pre Conference Trip - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Join us on our preconference trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime. Here, you do more than just look. Explore newly renovated and award-winning exhibits. Discover more than 30 species of endangered animals. Interact with our giraffes and don’t miss the chance to hand-feed them! Soar over your favorite animal exhibits and take in breathtaking views of the city below on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. We look forward to providing you an experience of a lifetime with your visit to America’s only mountain zoo!

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

2018 American Association of Zookeepers National Conference - Banquet

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

2018 American Association of Zookeepers National Conference - Icebreaker

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018
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