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CROCODILIAN BIOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT

April 17th through the 24/25th, 2020

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine, FL.

For information on registration click HERE .

Join us at the only facility that houses all existing species of crocodilians and learn from the experts! This course concentrates on the captive maintenance techniques, husbandry, breeding, and special requirements for the care of crocodiles, caiman, gharials, and alligators in zoos and aquariums. Relevant topics on basic crocodilian biology such as taxonomy, reproductive biology, behavior, anatomy, physiology, and conservation are included as the foundation for captive management practices.

Course Tuition (Early Bird,12 weeks prior to course start date)

$1,350 for AZA Individual Members
$1,550 for Non-members

Course Registration

Please note, Payment is now due at the time of registration. Please do not submit a registration form without payment, as it will not be processed.

If you have any questions about your acceptance status, or for additional details please contact the AZA Professional Training Department or call (301) 562-0777.

Travel and Accommodations

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive a confirmation letter containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is the closest airport.

Course participants stay at a hotel within a 10-minute walking distance to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

General Hotel Pricing: $77+ One/Two Queen Bed(s)

Course Scholarships

The following scholarship opportunities are currently available to aquarium and zoo professionals for the Crocodilian Biology and captive Management course.

  • Robert O. Wagner Professional merit based award


  • An additional scholarship opportunity is provided by the The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, for The John Behler Scholarship.

    For a full list of available AZA scholarships click here.

    Target Audience

    This course is open to professional biologists who either work full time with crocodilians or who may work with them in the near future. Priority will be given to individual members working at AZA accredited institutions. International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Students must be at least 21 years of age.

    If applicant does not work at an accredited AZA institution please attach a separate letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.

    Course Topics

    The school is a balanced program of classroom lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on wet labs. Relevant topics on basic crocodilian biology including taxonomy, reproductive biology, behavior, anatomy, physiology, and conservation will be included as the foundation for captive management practices. Management subjects will include enclosure design, social groups, introductions, breeding, nesting, egg incubation, training, sexing, capture techniques, chemical immobilization, diet, medical care, and population management.

    Course Instructors

    • Kent A. Vliet, Ph.D.
      University of Florida


    • John Brueggen
      St. Augustine Alligator Farm


    • John Groves
      Emeritus Curator of Herpetology - North Carolina Zoo


    • Greg Lepera
      Jacksonville Zoo


    • Scott Pfaff
      Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


    • Peter Brazaitis
      Wildlife Conservation Society (retired)


    • Bruce Shwedick
      Director - Crocodile Conservation Services


    • Elliott Jacobson, DVM, Ph.D
      University of Florida


    • Kevin Torregrosa
      Collections Manager of Herpetology, Bronx Zoo


    • Jessi Krebs
      Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo


    • Mei Len Sanchez-Barr
      Education Liaison - Crocodilian Advisory Group


    • Lori Lawson
      Chair of Fundraising Committee - Crocodilian Advisory Group


    • Bill Zeigler
      Senior Vice President of Collections and Animal Care - Chicago Zoological Society


    • Steve Featherstone
      Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre-Hamilton



    For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Training Department or call (301) 562-0777.

    Questions about the Crocodilian Advisory Group's Education efforts, contact Education Liason: Mei Len Sanchez-Barr at meilens@aol.com.

    If you need to contact us our email is:
    cag@crocodylia.com


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