EMA Conference 2019

October 7- 10, 2019


Denver, Colorado (December 10, 2018) – The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced Denver Zoo as their 40th Annual Conference Host during the 2018 EMA Conference closing ceremonies this October.  Since then, staffs from Denver Zoo, EMA Board of Directors, and the EMA Executive Committee have begun preliminary planning to produce a premier gathering of leaders among the elephant management community to be held October 7-10, 2019. 

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 Vernon Presley stated, “The EMA is honored to have Denver Zoo host EMA’s 40th Annual Conference.  Elephant professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to visit Denver Zoo’s program which is dedicated to male Asian Elephants.  Their habitat, Toyota Elephant Passage, is the crown jewel of their zoo featuring two miles of interconnected trails on 10 acres of land. The EMA Conference is great time for elephant professionals to unify and learn from colleagues while experiencing Denver Zoo’s top-notch hospitality. Together we are planning a conference filled with training demonstrations, workshops, and paper presentations that will give EMA Conference 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 welcome three keynote speakers: Gerardo Martinez from Africam Safari sharing his elephant training in range countries, Lauren Howard from San Diego Zoo Global giving us an update on EEHV, and Roshan Thakur from Nepal introducing us to his elephant conservation program. A limited number of delegates can attend our Pre-conference and Post-conference trips to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the National Wildlife Repository.

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, Denver Zoo will have the opportunity to showcase the features that make it a premier elephant program.




Register for the 2019 EMA Conference

To register for the 2019 EMA Conference* please click here.

Please use the password EMA2019 for your purchase.

*This does not include pre and post conference trips.

**View the EMA 2019 Conference Schedule (draft). 




2019 Registration Rates

EMA Members (now- August 31st)- $175.00

Non-EMA Members (now- August 31st)- $200.00

Late Registration for all (September 1st- till the conference)- $225.00

*Pre Conference Trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo– $40.00

*Post Conference Trip to National Wildlife Repository– $20.00





Can’t make the whole conference? Sign up for each day you can attend.

Click on each option to register. Please use the password EMA2019 to register.

Pre- Conference Trip (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)– $40.00

Icebreaker– $30.00

Paper Day #1 – $40.00

Paper Day #2– $40.00

Denver Zoo Day– $55.00

Banquet– $40.00

Post- Conference Trip (National Wildlife Repository)– $20.00





NEW! Sign up for two conferences and receive a discounted price:

RECON Conference + EMA Conference = $500.00

RECON will be held in Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the week prior to the annual EMA Conference. Due to its close proximity we agreed to have a discounted rate if you sign up for both conferences. To register for both conferences please register here for your discounted price. Remember to the password: EMA2019 to purchase.





Book your hotel accommodations:

To book your hotel room for the 2019 EMA Conference click here.

Room rates

$189* per night

*Rate is guaranteed to all who book prior to September 1, 2019.





Apply for the 2019 EMA Conference Scholarship:

The EMA will award two $1,000 conference scholarships to two EMA members to attend 2019 EMA Conference.

Scholarship applications and supporting materials are due by June 1, 2019.

Scholarship winners will be notified by July 31, 2019.

To learn more about the 2019 EMA Conference scholarship please click here.





Call for Papers:

The Denver Zoo is now seeking abstract submissions on all aspects of elephant care and management.

To submit a paper, please fill out the call for papers form and email it to Betsy Stringer at bstringer@denverzoo.org.

Abstract submissions are due by June 1, 2019.





Help support the 2019 EMA Conference:

The Denver Zoo is currently seeking donations to offset the costs for the 40th Annual EMA Conference. All Contributors will be recognized throughout the conference during our program and signage. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for both African and Asian elephants. To learn more on how you can help donate to 2019 EMA Conference please click here.  





Donate to the annual silent auction:

Every year during the annual conference the host facility will gather items for a silent auction. The silent auction is held during our banquet night. All proceeds from our silent auction help fund our scholarships awarded to two EMA members annually. We are currently gathering elephant art and collectables. Even if you are not able to attend the 2019 EMA Conference you can still donate your items.  We encourage all donors to donate items via mail before the conference. All donations must be submitted with a donation form and shipped to the address indicated on the form. We appreciate your donation!  





Follow the Denver Zoo elephant program’s journey:

“Amazebullz” was created by a couple of Denver Zoo keepers after chatting about all the amazing accomplishments in their elephant program. Successful bull introductions, innovative blood draw techniques, and musth research data are just a few of things that make this program “Amazebullz!”. Follow their program’s journey at #Amazebullz to view many pictures, stories, and successes on social media.





For More information:

As we finalize conference details, please check back here for more info. Feel free to direct your conference questions to Maura Davis at: mdavis@denverzoo.org and/or Jessica Scallan at: jscallan@tulsazoo.org.