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May 18-21, 2018 Hosted by Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

NEXT G.E.M. (Next Generation Elephant Management)
Elephant care and welfare philosophies and practices have continued evolving, as have perceptions of managed programs. We too must evolve and embrace change by building a broader understanding and appreciation for the prominent, positive role that humans must play to ensure a future for elephants.
In this workshop we intend to stimulate healthy discussion involving participants, and emphasize the importance of properly preparing Elephant care professionals for the future of elephant management through:
•         Progressive management techniques
•         The science of positive reinforcement training
•         Choice and control based management
•         Cognitive research and science
•         Trends in public perception of managed programs
•         Panel discussions on specific topics
•         Open discussion forums with our peers on trending topics

For NextGEM Updates...

NextGEM Registration information

Includes attendance at all conference events (Icebreaker, sessions, coffee breaks, transportation between hotel and Lowry Park Zoo...

  • April 1– May 12:                        $200

  • May 13 - 21:                               $225


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NextGEM Hotel information 

Aloft Tampa Downtown is located on the Tampa waterfront in the city center and downtown business district, just six miles from

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park.


100 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa Fl 33602

(P) 813.898.8000 

Group Name: Lowry Park Zoo Elephant Workshop

For the conference rate of $149 per night, book your rooms early,

online at Aloft Tampa Downtown- NextGEM 2018 

Questions? Please email Chris Massaro, General Curator, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park