Elephant Wellness Workshop
March 10 - 13, 2016
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Speakers and participants at the workshop will consider how the construct of “wellness” inspires a new approach to designing and managing wildlife exhibits in zoological parks and aquariums. This unique gathering of experts and operators will focus on elephants and other mega-fauna that require extraordinary creativity to live well in the limited space of zoos and aquariums. The workshop will open on Thursday, 10 March, with a presentation by Dr. Kate Evans who will review her field studies of the African elephant in Botswana and South Africa. Dr. Evans will connect the priority of conservation with the messages that are possible when naturalistic exhibits encourage elephants to thrive rather than merely cope. A lively discussion with Dr. Evans will prepare participants for the next two days of presentations and debate. We encourage zoo directors, planners, curators, educators, scientists, keepers and students to join us in Jacksonville for this opportunity to examine wellness and its applications in zoos and aquariums. 

Schedule of Events

Registration - Registration is Full
Registration for the all-inclusive, 4-day conference is $99. Registration includes Icebreaker on the evening of the 10th, Elephant Wellness Workshop, Banquet Dinner at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on the evening of the 11th, Lunch and Conversation with Jacksonville Zoo and Garden's Director of Wildlife Wellness Dr. Terry Maple on March 13, and Zoo Day with behind the scenes opportunities on Sunday, March 13. 
Registration is open to all interested parties

Hotel Accommodations, $99 per night. Book your room by calling ?Iris Harris at 904-741-1997 x4606.
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Jacksonville Airport.

The $99 rate is also available 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference. These nights must be booked by calling the 1-800 number above.
Discounted breakfast buffet voucher available for purchase at the front desk for $10 per person. To purchase the voucher in advance, please call the front desk at 904-741-1997.

Transportation from the Jacksonville Airport to the DoubleTree will be available.
Proceed to "Pole 6" to board the complimentary shuttle.
DoubleTree accommodations may not be available after February 5Designated overflow hotels may have rooms available and transportation
to and from the DoubleTree will be provided.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will provide transportation to the Zoo from the DoubleTree by Hilton. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors




Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. Please contact petersonj@jacksonvillezoo.org for more information. 

Please email elephantworkshop2016@jacksonvillezoo.org with any questions regarding the conference.

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