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World Ranger Day
Jul 31 @ 6:03 pm – 7:03 pm
World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 63 member associations of the International Ranger Federation.

IEF Grant Proposals Due @ Grant Proposals Due
Aug 11 all-day
IEF Grant Proposals Due @ Grant Proposals Due

The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is now accepting proposals for 2018 Elephant Conservation and Research Funding Support.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT Conservation Funding Support.

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  • Conservation education

ASIAN ELEPHANT Conservation Funding Support.

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss.
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  • Conservation education
  • Managing captive range country Asian elephants

Elephants in Human Care Conservation and Research Funding Support.

  • Critical diseases – EEHV or Tuberculosis.
  • Quantify the impacts of conservation education at U.S elephant holding facilities on public action in the U.S and/or in Asian and/or African elephant range countries.



World Elephant Day
Aug 12 all-day
World Elephant Day

Bringing the world together to help elephants

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants.

The goal of World Elephant Day is to create awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants. African elephants are listed as “Vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. One conservationist has stated that both African and Asian elephants face extinction within twelve years. The current population estimates are about 400,000 for African elephants and 40,000 for Asian elephants, although it has been argued that these numbers are much too high.


The demand for ivory, which is highest in China, leads to the illegal poaching of both African and Asian elephants. For example, one of the world’s largest elephants, Satao, was recently killed for his iconic tusks. Another iconic Kenyan elephant, Mountain Bull, was also killed by poachers, and with the street value for ivory now exceeding that of gold, African elephants face a poaching epidemic. Elephants are also poached for meat, leather, and body parts, with the illegal wildlife trade putting elephants increasingly in danger, because it is perceived to be a low risk and high profit endeavor.

Habitat loss
The loss of habitat due to deforestation, increases in mining, and agricultural activities has become problematic, especially for Asian elephants. The fragmentation of habitat also creates isolation – this makes breeding more difficult, and allows poachers to find the elephants and set traps more easily.

Human-elephant conflict
Human-elephant conflict is a significant concern, as human populations increase and forest cover decreases, forcing elephants into close proximity with human settlements. Incidents include crop damage and economic losses, as well as both elephant and human casualties.

WAAVP 2017 @ 26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology
Sep 4 @ 11:32 pm – Sep 8 @ 12:32 am
WAAVP 2017 @ 26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur for WAAVP 2017 – a city brimming with history, fantastic food and the melting pot of Asia!

As Chairperson of the WAAVP 2017 Local Organising Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to participate at the upcoming Conference, which will be held on 4 – 8 Sep 2017 at the world iconic Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. This event is held every two years in major cities all over the world for the past 52 years and now it has come to Malaysia, with a backdrop of the famous PETRONAS Twin Towers, one of the world’s most recognised landmarks.

The Local Organising Committee is proud to present a memorable scientific experience which includes plenary and keynote sessions, concurrent oral and rapid oral sessions, as well as poster presentations. In keeping with the Year of the Cockerel, we hope to put together a programme covering diseases of all animals Big and Small in Veterinary Parasitology. The registration fee and travel package is one of the most economical in the world!

We hope to forge a good network among veterinarians and scientists for a better world. While enjoying the rich scientific experience, we hope you will take some time to enjoy our beautiful Malaysia – Truly Asia.

Discover the amazing cuisines, great shopping ’till you drop’ and friendly people. We wish you a delightful stay and hope you take home the very best of memories from this conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in September, 2017. Keep a look out for our website at

With warm wishes
Dr. Ramlan Bin Mohamed
WAAVP 2017 LOC Chairperson

AZA Conference 2017 @ 2017 Annual Conference
Sep 9 @ 6:08 pm – Sep 13 @ 7:08 pm
AZA Conference 2017 @ 2017 Annual Conference

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. The Conference offers attendees valuable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to explore cutting-edge product and service providers.

Attending the AZA Annual Conference provides opportunities to:

  • Explore ideas and best practices with more than 150 education program sessions, poster presentations, and round-table topic discussions;
  • Discover successes and lessons learned from a community of veterans and young professionals – large and small facilities alike;
  • Experience new technology and services in a diverse Exhibit Hall featuring more than 150 companies and organizations showcasing their latest products;
  • Connect with more than 2,800 dedicated colleagues at AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos who share a common vision to protect and save species.
Elephant Appreciation Day
Sep 22 all-day
Elephant Appreciation Day

25 Things You Should Know on Elephant Appreciation Day

  • As of 2002, it was estimated that 30,000 – 50,000 Asian elephants survive in the world; some experts believe that in 2013 the number is closer to 30,000.
  • More than 13,000 of the above number are maintained in human care in Asian elephant range countries.
  • There are only 10 regions in all of Asia where elephant numbers total at least 1,000 individual animals.
  • Although some African elephant populations are still increasing in excess of the carrying capacity of their habitat, elephants in many countries in East, Central and West Africa are subject to poaching and populations are being decimated.
  • Consistently throughout Asia and Africa, human elephant conflict is on the rise. As humans increase our food supply to meet the needs of our population, existing elephant habitat is turned into cropland and the elephants find themselves competing for resources with people.
  • Elephants have hair all over their bodies.
  • Elephants have eyelashes.
  • The African elephant is the largest living land mammal.
  • The elephant trunk serves as a nose, a hand, an extra foot, a signaling device and a tool for gathering food, siphoning water, dusting, digging and much more.
  • Elephants can live in nearly any habitat that has adequate quantities of food and water. Ideally, their habitat consists of an abundance of grass.
  • Only the male Asian elephants have tusks.
  • The tusks of elephants grow through their life. The tusks weigh over 200 pounds.
  • Elephants don’t drink with their trunks, but use them as “tools” to drink with. This is accomplished by filling the trunk with water and then using it as a hose to pour it into the elephant’s mouth.
  • Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.
  • Elephants have a slower pulse of 27 and for a canary it is 1000!
  • The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
  • The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months.
  • The elephant is the national animal of Thailand.
  • An elephant’s tooth can weight as much as three kilograms.
  • An elephant in the wild can eat anywhere from 100 – 1000 pounds of vegetation in a 16 hour period.
  • The intestines of an elephant may be 19 meters in length, or more than 60 feet long.
  • Elephants purr like cats do, as a means of communication.
  • In a day, an elephant can drink 80 gallons of water.
  • Elephants have been known to learn up to 60 commands.
  • An elephant’s trunk can hold 2.5 gallons of water
Elephant Managers Association Conference @ 2017 Elephant Managers Conference
Oct 2 @ 6:41 pm – Oct 5 @ 7:41 pm
Elephant Managers Association Conference @ 2017 Elephant Managers Conference

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.

Zoological Association of America @ 12th Annual ZAA Conference
Nov 4 @ 6:48 pm – Nov 8 @ 7:48 pm
Zoological Association of America @ 12th Annual ZAA Conference

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 4, 2017


  • Zoo Animal Training, Barbara Heidenreich
  • Animal Record Keeping programs

Accreditation Inspector Training (invitation only)
ZAA accredited facilities meeting (open only to accredited facility representatives)
AMP meeting (AMP participants only)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Keynote Speaker
Welcome Reception

Monday, November 6, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
Zoo Day at San Antonio Zoo

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
Peer Panel Lunch
Vendor Blender

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Presentations & Sessions
ZAA Business Meeting
Auction & Awards Banquet

CITES Standing Committee @ 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee
Nov 27 – Dec 1 all-day
World Wildlife Day
Mar 3 @ 5:46 pm – 6:46 pm
World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2017 under the theme “Listen to the Young Voices.” Given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.

The engagement and empowerment of youth is high on the agenda of the United Nations and this objective is being achieved through the youth programmes of various UN system organizations as well as the dedicated UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

In September 2016, Parties to CITES gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) and adopted the very first CITES resolution on ‘Youth Engagement’ – calling for greater engagement and empowerment of youth in conservation issues.

World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking. Youth are the agents of change. In fact, we are already seeing the positive impacts on conservation issues made by some young conservation leaders around the world. If they can help make a change, you can too!

Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing.

It’s time for us all to listen to the young voices.