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Committee, Animal Program, SAG, and SAFE Meetings

Similar to the first two days of the in-person Annual Conference, these virtual meetings are open to all wishing to attend! Hear updates from various AZA Committees, Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), Species Survival Plans (SSPs), Scientific Advisory Groups (SAGs), and Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Programs.
Paid registration is not required. Click on the meeting link to watch the meeting recording.
If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Andrews.

Tuesday, September 8
All times are Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Committee Chairs Meeting (By Invitation Only)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Biomaterials Banking SAG (no recording)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Coraciiformes TAG
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Program Leaders Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AZA National Volunteer & Intern Training
Open to Volunteers & Interns actively engaged with any AZA facility, this training will provide a deeper understanding of AZA, national service impact, opportunities to deepen conservation impacts, and a plethora of additional learning opportunities.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm SAFE Program Leaders Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Social Science Research & Evaluation SAG
The Social Science Research & Evaluation (SSRE) SAG was proposed at and approved shortly after last year’s conference, and is housed under the Research & Technology Committee. This will be the first open annual meeting to introduce the newly formed Steering Committee, the Officers, and to learn about the groups’ 3-year action plan. Participants may learn ways to get involved with the action plan activities.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Marine Mammal TAG


Wednesday, September 9
All times are Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Feeling Engaged? Updates from SAFE Species with a Focus on Public Engagement
North American Monarchs, North American Songbirds, Whooping Crane
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Institutional Data Management Scientific Advisory Group (IDMAG)
Reporting of previous year's activities, discussion of plans for the upcoming year.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Research and Technology Committee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Animal Health Committee
Overview of the annual report of activity. Check-in with committee membership for new business.
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Conservation Education Committee
The open portion would include report-outs from all the committee initiatives, any updates from AZA via Amy Rutherford, and a portion of time dedicated to crowd-sourcing ideas or participation from the education community on one or more committee projects.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Galliformes TAG
We will be discussing the open program and officer positions for the TAG. We will also be discussing the roles of our programs during the pandemic and give an update on the strategic TAG plan goals.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Animal Welfare Committee
Reporting session on the completion of our 2018 strategic plan.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Cheetah SSP (no recording)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm New Directors' Meeting (By Invitation Only)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Joint Public Relations and Marketing Committees
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle: Updates from SAFE Species in Jungle Ecosystems
Chimpanzee, Gorillas, Asian Elephant, Asian Hornbills
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Diversity Committee
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ambassador Animal SAG
The AASAG will provide a report-out of progress on our strategic initiatives: 1. Best Practices, 2. Sustainable Collections, 3. Research, 4. Professional Development, and 5. Communications. We will also discuss future directions for the AASAG, including how we can address issues surrounding the current pandemic into our work.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Aquarium Affairs Committee


Thursday, September 10
All times are Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Marketing Committee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Old World Monkey TAG
We will provide an update on the current status of our RCP and what goals we hope to accomplish in the next few years.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm What Do You Think? Getting Feedback on Proposed SAFE Program Plan Objectives
Orangutan, Sea Turtles, Andean Highland Flamingos, Eastern Indigo Snake, American Turtles
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Bear TAG (no recording)
Population updates. Update on TAG Goals. Planning for North American Black and Brown Bear Care Manual. Update on Husbandry Workshop.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Volunteer & Intern Management Boot Camp (no recording)
Join Volunteer & Intern Engagement Professionals to learn answers to common questions, challenges, and pitfalls in designing and implementing programs. We will also discuss career development opportunities with the VMC.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Aquatic Collections Sustainability Committee
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Membership Committee
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Rodent Insectivore Lagomorph TAG
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Anseriformes TAG (no recording)
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Business Operations Committee
Expanded Revenue Operations under COVID-19, a roundtable discussion. We will touch on the following topics:
• Food Service & Retail
• Group Sales, Weddings & Event Rentals
• Events – Boo at the Zoo, Holiday Lights, Zoobilee, etc.
• Other Revenue Sources – Animal Feeding, Encounters, Behind the Scenes, etc.
• Traveling Exhibits
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Recovery through Reintroduction: Updates from SAFE Species with a Focus on Reintroduction
Red Wolf, Black-footed Ferret, Western Pond Turtle, Radiated Tortoise
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Human Resources Committee
Discussion of open projects and collaboration with other committees.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Public Relations Committee
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Giraffe SSP (no recording)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Professional Development Committee


Friday, September 11
All times are Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Across the African Savanna: Updates from SAFE Species in the Savanna
African lion, African vulture, Giraffe
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Government Affairs Committee
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Molecular Data for Population Management SAG
The Molecular Data for Population Management SAG will be holding an open meeting, the core of which will be a presentation that provides a brief introduction to the SAG, summaries current best practices for integrating molecular data into population management, and updates the AZA community on current research in this area.  A variety of SAG members will be present for a Q&A session following the presentation.  The SAG invites anyone involved with Animal Programs or general collection management to attend.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm New World Primate TAG (no recording)
General update on TAG programs, pending RCP, ACMs, and conservation-related activities.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Marine Fishes TAG (no recording)
This meeting would serve as the annual meeting of the MFTAG and would include annual reports from program leaders as well as other MFTAG activities for the past year.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm From Land to Sea: Updates from SAFE Species in Marine Ecosystems
African penguin, Atlantic Acropora Corals, Sharks and Rays, Vaquita
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Volunteer & Intern Management Boot Camp: Advanced (no recording)
Join Volunteer & Intern Engagement Professionals to learn about advocacy for our profession, a deep dive into understanding and leveraging the data from AZA's 2019 Volunteer Benchmarking Survey, and other meaty hot-topics.
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Small Population Management Advisory Group SAG
SPMAG will present an update of our work to redefine our mission, roles and functions, and discuss the goals around our new and updated 3 year Action plan.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Directors' Meeting (By Invitation Only)
Open to Directors of Accredited Institutions and Certified Related Facilities Only.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Behavior SAG
The Behavior SAG Open Session will provide the community with updates to our action plan including details on our goals for each of our working groups: animal training, enrichment, behavior-based husbandry, behavior research, communication and culture.  We will also roll out details on upcoming general membership opportunities.
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Wildlife Conservation Committee
SAFE updates, CGF updates and announcement of recipients. SAFE grant funding description updates.  Annual report on conservation participation with members.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Safety Committee
Overall Safety Committee update; Standing Sub-committee overview and updates; Review of example practices guide and current updates and additions that are in progress; Newly formed COVID Safety Subcommittee to cover guidance/strategies to incorporate COVID Safety into existing protocols
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Jaguar SSP/SAFE (no recording)
Jaguar SSP: •Studbook update  •Jaguar SSP status  •2018 Breeding & Transfer Plan progress  •Felid TAG RCP goals for Jaguar SSP  •Cincinnati Zoo jaguar artificial insemination project update  •Website and social media  •ACM update
Jaguar SAFE: •Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary rangers  •IUCN Cat Specialist Group jaguar workshop

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