Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is proud to host the Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC) conference from January 22-26, 2018. This conference brings together zoo professionals from all departments and field conservationists from around the world for a 5-day event filled with animal and plant conservation, collaboration, motivation and fun.

ZACC Mission Statement
To encourage and promote increased involvement of zoos and aquariums in support of field conservation - locally, nationally and internationally.

About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Situated at the crossroads of the St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville lays amidst abundant waterways and boasts the largest urban park system in the country, making it a perfect city to host the conference. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) has quickly become a nationally recognized zoo and botanical garden and is consistently ranked among the top facilities in the country. JZG has become a leader in the region for conservation initiatives to save animals and plants in their native habitats both locally and around the globe.

Conference Details
Dates: January, 22-26, 2018
Host: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Registration Fee: $235
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Hotel Cost: $125
Book your hotel (coming soon)

Registration for the ZACC Conference will be a two-part process. First, you'll need to register through our website (coming soon). Next, you'll need to reserve a room at the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
If you're looking for a roommate to share room costs, email meersl@jacksonvillezoo.org.

Getting to Jacksonville
The zoo is located 1 mile off I-95, just a few miles north of I-10 and a 10-minute drive from the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville on the St. Johns riverfront providing beautiful views of the skyline during the day and night, and just a 10 minute drive to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Call for Papers/Posters
Stay tuned for our call for papers and posters

Schedule of Events
Monday, January 22 - Workshops, pre-conference trip, evening icebreaker
Tuesday, January 23 - Conference presentations
Wednesday, January 24 - Conference presentations
Thursday, January 25 - Conference presentations, Zoo day
Friday, January 26 - Post Conference trip

Keynote Speakers

Dan Ashe, President and CEO, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

 Dan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With his team of staff members and over 400 committee member volunteers, Dan is charged with advancing AZA’s vision, mission and strategic priorities.

A lifelong animal conservationist, Dan joined AZA in January 2017 after serving as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly six years, successfully leading the agency, and its thousands of employees, during a period of great challenges. Following a 13-year career as a professional staff member of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dan held positions of increasing responsibility at the Service. They include Assistant Director for External Affairs, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Science Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director.

Dan earned a bachelor degree in Biological Science from Florida State University, and graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he studied under a fellowship from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. His master's thesis, on estuarine wetland mitigation, was published in the Coastal Zone Management Journal, in 1982.

Dan’s journey to the greater D.C. area was made possible by the National Sea Grant College Program. He was awarded a National Sea Grant Congressional Fellowship in 1982.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
National AAZK
Houston Zoo
Tracy Aviary