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May 12-15, 2020 Hosted by Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

In an attempt to proactively address concerns with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), several institutions have mandated travel restrictions and eliminated large gatherings. 


After much discussion we have determined that it is in the best interest of our attendees and staff to also be proactive and cancel the upcoming NextGEM 2020 workshop in May.  We will be issuing refunds to all of those that have registered over the next week.  


Please forward any questions regarding NextGEM to Chris Massaro at   

NEXT G.E.M. (Next Generation Elephant Management) is back!

It's time again to share your successes with the greater elephant community! NextGEM is a forum designed to bring together Elephant Professionals around the globe from various disciplines and backgrounds to highlight achievements for improving elephant lives, both in human care and beyond. This workshop will be highly engaging, with group discussions, presentations and field experiences.

NextGEM 2020 comes shortly after the AZA's recent decision to phase-out the use of bullhooks. NextGEM is the best learning venue to explore positive-reinforcement training techniques and concepts with professionals who have decades of PRT experience.


As a bonus, we have added an Elephant Behavior Workshop on May 12th led by Precision Behavior and assisted by ZooTampa staff. This workshop will combine both class and field time highlighting ZooTampa's African elephant herd and is included with your registration!

Hotel information is included with confirmation email and attendees must book their rooms by April 14th in order to receive discounted rates. Please contact Chris Massaro at with any questions about the 2020 NextGEM Workshop.

NextGEM 2020 Call-for-Papers

NextGEM 2020 schedule -

The complete schedule will soon be available - please check back for updates or follow our elephant news feed on Twitter

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NextGEM Registration information

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

  • Jan 1– Feb 28:                     $225

  • Feb 29 - May 13:                $275


  Register NOW!  

NextGEM Hotel information 

The Hyatt Place is located in the Westshore District, minutes from amazing dining, shopping and entertainment, just eight minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park.


Tampa Airport/Westshore
4811 W. Main Street
Tampa FL 33607

(P) 813.898.8000 

Group Name: Lowry Park Zoo Elephant Workshop

For the early-bird special conference rate of just $129 per night, book your rooms before April 14, online at Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore - NextGEM 2020 

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

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