• 01/17/2021 7:02 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    EMA is excited to feature new merchandise with artwork by EMA member Andrew Shek! You can browse a variety of items, including shirts, socks, sweatshirts, joggers, and phone cases. To access the new merchandise, click on "SHOP" at the top of this page, or click here.

  • 11/02/2020 10:32 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)


    Please apply using the following link: https://jobapply.page.link/5aVQ


    Living Collections




    Animal Care Manager





    The Animal Keeper is responsible for performing routine work assignments, involving the daily care and welfare of animals within their area. This position also performs daily maintenance of exhibit and holding areas, as well as interacts with the public to provide information related to the Zoo’s animal collection.  


    This position will work with the Elephant team, which is responsible for the daily husbandry of African elephants.





    Performs daily animal husbandry activities, including:

    • Preparing diets and delivering daily feedings.
    • Giving medications and assisting with various animal health procedures.
    • Observing, logging and reporting issues concerning animal behavior, health and welfare.
    • Training animals for basic husbandry and enrichment behaviors.
    • Creating and implementing various enrichment items/strategies.


    Completes daily maintenance of exhibits and holding areas, including:

    • Cleaning exhibits, holding stalls and keeper areas.
    • Performing minor repairs and improvements.
    • Reporting maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to appropriate manager.


    Maintains daily reports and other required records.


    Interacts with Zoo guests and the public, including:

    • Performing various keeper chats, animal shows, tours and special events related to assigned area.
    • Engaging with daily visitors to answer questions about the Zoo and animals.


    Assists with the training of new keepers, interns and volunteers.


    *This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.




      1. Bachelor’s Degree in biology, animal science, zoology or related field preferred.
      2. High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate accepted with prior experience in similar position.
      1. At least 1 year related Zoo or animal husbandry experience required.
      2. Knowledge of animal husbandry, behavior and procedures for proper care and training of exotic animals.
      3. Strong observation skills to recognize and evaluate conditions of animal health, diets and behavior.
      4. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
      5. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding areas.
      6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
      1. Must have valid driver's license.
      2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
      3. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and have sufficient mobility to ensure a safe work environment.
      4. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
      5. Must be able to tolerate stress, endure high risk situations when feeding, transferring, or restraining animals, and make immediate decisions concerning the safety of animals, staff or the public.
      6. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
      7. Must pass a background and drug screening.
  • 08/01/2020 9:00 AM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced the annual conference to be held on October 12−16 and hosted by the Milwaukee County Zoo was canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The Milwaukee County Zoo graciously agreed to host the EMA Conference in 2021, but we did not want to wait that long for the opportunity to network and learn from our members and colleagues from around the world. So in 2020, for the first time, EMA will host our annual conference virtually, free to all members!

    We will host the EMA virtual conference the same week as previously scheduled, October 12−16, 2020, via Zoom. All EMA members will be sent a link and password, allowing them access to the virtual conference all week long.

    EMA is now accepting papers for the virtual conference. Please complete and submit the Call for Papers form by September 1, 2020. The Call for Papers Committee will be selecting papers that cover all topics in elephant management and through various formats, including traditional PowerPoint presentations and live feeds on training and enrichment from member facilities. All presentations will be 15 minutes long, with a five-minute question-and-answer period. All presenters must have good, stable internet connections. Presenters will be selected and notified of their acceptance by September 14, 2020. Once selected as a presenter, the Call for Papers Committee will set up an appointment to test their internet connection.

    EMA President Vernon Presley stated, "I am happy that the EMA is continuing its annual tradition and hosting our first virtual conference. In unprecedented times you must adapt, and our Board Members and Executive Committee felt that it was important to fulfill this part of EMA's mission. It is an exciting time to be an EMA member. Not everyone can attend an in-person conference due to cost and staff challenges, but this virtual conference gives all members an opportunity to join us as we discover new ideas together."

  • 07/17/2020 1:08 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    Join the herd! Walk, bike, swim, or hike in honor of elephants around the world on Elephant Appreciation Day, September 22, 2020. By signing up for this virtual 5K event, proceeds will go to the EMA to aid in our mission: enhancing the welfare and survival of the world's elephants through improving communication, husbandry, research, education, and conservation.

    The first 300 people who register for the event will receive a fantastic medal that you can wear proudly to show off your support for elephants and the EMA. Don't worry about your 5K time, this is all for a good cause. However, we would love to see your photos! Please tag us on social media using the hashtag #EMA2020virtual5K.

    Donations are also being accepted if you're not able to participate in the 5K.

    To register for this event, please visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Houston/EMAElephantAppreciationDay5K

    Thank you for joining the herd and supporting our efforts. 

  • 03/01/2020 7:29 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    The launch of the EMA Small Grant Program in 2019 was a huge success. In 2020, EMA will award a grant of up to $2,000 to support work that furthers EMA's mission. This opportunity is open to anyone, including keepers, conservationists, and researchers.

    The deadline for the grant application is April 15, 2020 at 11:59pm PST, and proposals can be submitted to grants@elephantmanagers.com. The complete instructions can be found by clicking here. For questions, please contact April Yoder at grants@elephantmanagers.com.

  • 12/02/2019 7:33 PM | Chase LaDue (Administrator)

    We are proud to share the Conference Proceedings from the 40th Annual EMA Conference, hosted by Denver Zoo in October 2019. Inside the proceedings, you'll find abstracts and slides from over 30 presentations spanning topics such as training, husbandry, veterinary care, research, education, legislation, and conservation.

    To access proceedings, navigate to the members-only section of the website. An exclusive benefit of being an EMA member is gaining access to EMA's digital library, which includes 600 other presentations from EMA conferences dating back to 1980, along with a near-complete collection of past issues of JEMA and Gray Matters.

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