Elephant Managers Association Conference 2017
Hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
October 2, 2017– October 5, 2017
October 2nd: Pre-conference trip to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
October 6th: Post-conference trip to The Wilds ($30 per person)
The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as their 38th Annual Conference Host during the 2016 EMA Conference closing ceremonies last October. Since then staff at the Columbus Zoo and the EMA Board of Directors have begun preliminary planning to produce a premier gathering of leaders among the elephant management community to be held October 2-5th.
EMA partners with leaders in the elephant community to host the annual conference, which allows the exchange of knowledge, communication and networking throughout the elephant management industry. Host facilities are chosen based on their commitment to elephants, their conservation and research efforts, skills and experience, hospitality and willingness to foster growth and development in other programs.
EMA President Jessica Scallan stated “The EMA Board of Directors are thrilled that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting this year’s conference. Elephant professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s recently renovated five acre elephant complex, learn from their experience in bull management and breeding, and experience their first-rate hospitality. This conference will give the delegates plenty of opportunity to discover new ideas.”
Each conference attracts approximately 200 delegates for two days of formal presentations, a zoo day filled with elephant workshops, and a pre or post conference trip to a nearby elephant facility.
With the help of the EMA board of directors and the conference committee, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will have the opportunity to showcase the features that make it a premier elephant program.
To register for the 2017 EMA Conference please view the information below.
$130 for EMA Members
$175 for Non-EMA Members
Click here to register.
Crowne Plaza Dublin Ohio: $89/night
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Present a Paper at the EMA Conference
Apply for the EMA Conference Scholarship
The EMA will award one scholarship to attend our annual conference to an EMA member. The recipient will receive $1,000 to be used towards the annual EMA Conference. The Scholarship winner must present a paper at the annual EMA Conference on a topic that is elephant related.
Please submit the application (EMA Conference Scholarship) and supporting materials to Martina Stevens, EMA Scholarship Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2017.
Donate to the EMA Conference
The EMA’s annual conference is the most accessible and affordable opportunity for elephant care professionals thanks to your donations. Delegates will receive cutting edge information focusing on professional elephant management trends and will have the unique opportunity to see firsthand, the methods employed by other established elephant programs. We are taking donations to offset conference costs and items for the silent auction. If you are interested in helping please read our EMA Donor Request letter.
Any conference questions can be addressed to Adam Felts at email@example.com.