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

NextGEM 2018- Call for Papers

Are you and your team making advances in elephant welfare?  Then come be a part of this exciting new progressive workshop and share your program successes with others in the elephant community.  We are now accepting abstract submissions for the 2018 NextGem workshop hosted by Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. There are limited spaces available, so please send your submissions early!


Abstract submissions should be related to one of these general topics:


  • Developing a Successful Positive Reinforcement Training Program

  • Implementing Choice and Control in Elephant Behavior Management

  • Latest in Elephant Cognition Research

  • Strategies and Techniques for Improved Social Management of Elephants

  • Legislation, Regulation and Accreditation Issues

  • Public Perceptions of Elephants in Zoos, Sanctuaries, and "the Wild"

  • Transitioning an Elephant Program

  • Other Advances in Elephant Welfare and Management


Instructions and deadlines for submissions:


We ask that all presenters be available for panel discussions and help contribute to the open forum conversations.


  1. Submit abstracts (max 250 word) in pdf format to chris.massaro@lowryparkzoo.org

  2. Final date for submissions extended to March 19th

  3. Presenters will be notified by March 23rd whether their submissions have been accepted

  4. Presentations should be around 15 minutes in length (Panel discussions will take place at the end of each session with the presenters in that section)

  5. Additional information on final deadlines and updates will follow for those whose submissions are accepted

NextGEM Registration information

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

  • Early bird (Dec 28 - March 31: $175

  • April 1– May 12:                        $200

  • May 13 - 21:                               $225


Register NOW!

NextGEM Hotel information 

Aloft Tampa Downtown is located on the Tampa waterfront in the city center and downtown business district, just six miles from Tampa's    Lowry Park Zoo.


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 

For NextGEM Updates...

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