Elephant Managers Association Conference
Hosted by Zoo Miami
Dates: October 9th – 12th
Miami, Florida (March 5, 2018) – The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced Zoo Miami as their 39th Annual Conference Host during the 2017 EMA Conference closing ceremonies last October. Since then, staff from Zoo Miami and the EMA Executive Committee have begun preliminary planning to produce a premier gathering of leaders among the elephant management community to be held in the beginning of October 2018.
EMA partners with leaders in the elephant community to host the annual conference, which allows the cooperative 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 Nancy Scott stated, “The EMA Board of Directors are thrilled that Zoo Miami is hosting this year’s conference. Elephant professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to visit Zoo Miami’s immersive African and Asian Elephant habitats and experiencing the unity of learning from and with colleagues of various backgrounds. This is the EMA’s first time visiting Zoo Miami and we look forward to experience their first-rate hospitality and a program packed full of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and paper presentations. We are excited to give EMA delegates plenty of opportunity to discover new ideas.”
Each conference attracts approximately 200 delegates for two days filled with formal presentations from around the world, panel discussions, and a third “Zoo day” visit to our host. This year we will focus our panel discussions on the care before and after a downed elephant, elephant facility design, and elephant wellness. A limited number of delegates can arrive early to attend our Pre-conference Training Workshop focusing on AZA’s Standard Elephant Program Behavioral Components.
The EMA’s annual conference is the most accessible and affordable opportunity for elephant care professionals to expand their knowledge and professional network. 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.
With the help of the EMA Board of Directors, Executive and Conference Committees, Zoo Miami will have the opportunity to showcase the features that make it a premier elephant program. To register for this year’s EMA Conference please view the information below.
$150 for EMA Members (now thru August 31st)
$190 for Non-EMA Members (now thru August 31st)
**Late Registration: $225.00 for anyone who registers after August 31st
Sonesta Coconut Grove
2889 McFarlane Road
Miami, FL 33133
**After you register an email will be sent to you about how to book for the conference rate.
Room rates are $159.00 per night.
The morning of October 9th take a trip to Zoo Miami and participate in a progressive training session with our Elephants. A limited number of delegates can arrive early to attend our Pre-conference Training Workshop focusing on AZA’s Standard Elephant Program Behavioral Components. Registration cost for this workshop is $50.00.
Call for Papers
Presentation abstracts are being accepted now. Please download and submit our EMA Call for Papers form/release and abstracts to JT Svoke at: Joseph.Svoke@miamidade.gov. Abstract submissions are due by June 30th.
Apply for the EMA Conference Scholarship
The EMA awards a conference scholarship to an EMA member annually. The Scholarship winner must be an EMA member in good standing. To learn more about the EMA Conference Scholarship click here.
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Donate to the Annual Conference Silent Auction
Every year at our annual conference we gather elephant art and collectibles from around the world for our silent auction. We are looking for anything highlighting elephants: art, photography, books, jewelry, memorabilia, hand-made goods, etc. All auction items can be mailed prior. Even if you are not able to attend the conference this year, this is a great way you can help out the organization. Please fill out our donation form here and ship items to:
Matt James- EMA
12400 SW 152nd St.
Miami, FL 33177
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