EMA Announces Conference Dates for 43rd Annual Conference

Hosted by Milwaukee County Zoo

October 10-14, 2022

After two years of successfully hosting virtual conferences, The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) is proud to announce that the Milwaukee County Zoo will host the 43rd annual EMA conference in October 2022. which will include a pre-conference workshop at the Milwaukee County Zoo, two days packed with live presentations, a day at the Milwaukee County Zoo, a banquet and silent auction, and a post-conference trip to the Brookfield Zoo.

EMA President Vernon Presley stated, “The EMA is very excited to bring back our traditional in-person conference. We are very grateful for the Milwaukee County Zoo for their commitment to host in 2022. Elephant professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to visit Milwaukee’s elephant care center and outdoor habitat which is 4 times larger than their former one. State-of-the-art features in this new complex provide the zoo’s African elephant ambassadors new and exciting ways to experience their environment and to make an impact for their species and makes this EMA conference one you don’t want to miss. The EMA Conference is great time for elephant professionals to come together and learn from colleagues while experiencing Milwaukee County Zoo’s top-notch hospitality. We are planning a conference filled with training demonstrations, workshops, and paper presentations that will give everyone plenty of opportunities to discover new ideas.”

The EMA partners with elephant programs that stand out as leaders in the elephant community to host the annual conference. The annual gathering promotes the cooperative exchange of information, open channels of communication, and meaningful networking opportunities for all elephant care professionals. Host facilities are chosen based on their commitment to elephants, their support of conservation and research efforts, their hospitality, and their demonstrated willingness to foster growth and development in all who work closely with elephants. 

The EMA’s annual conference is the most accessible and affordable opportunity for elephant care professionals to expand their knowledge and professional network. Delegates will receive cutting edge information focusing on professional elephant management trends and will have the unique opportunity to see firsthand the methods employed by other established elephant programs.

With the help of the EMA Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee, the Milwaukee County Zoo will have the opportunity to showcase the features that make it a premier elephant program and an ideal location for attendees to explore. Please save the dates and join us October 10-14th, 2022.

More information on registration will be available soon.

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