The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced the Milwaukee County Zoo as their 41st annual conference host during the 2019 EMA Conference closing ceremonies in Denver, Colorado. Since then, staff from the Milwaukee County Zoo, the EMA Board of Directors, and the EMA Executive Committee have begun preliminary planning to design an exceptional opportunity for leaders and other professionals in the elephant management community to come together and share knowledge from October 12 through October 16, 2020.
The EMA partners with elephant programs that stand out as leaders in the elephant community to host the annual conference. The 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 those who work closely with elephants.
EMA President Vernon Presley stated, "The EMA is honored to have the Milwaukee County Zoo host our 41st conference. Elephant professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to visit Milwaukee's new elephant care center and outdoor habitat that is four 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, making this EMA conference one you don't want to miss. The EMA conference is a 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."
Each EMA conference attracts approximately 200 delegates for several days filled with formal presentations from around the world and panel discussions, plus a third "Zoo Day" visit to the host facility. The Conference Committee is busy identifying our keynote speaker, developing opportunities for pre-/post-trips, and designing workshops to be announced later this year.
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 received 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.