New York City AAZK Regional Symposium

  Bronx Zoo - Wednesday April 26, 2017

Overview: The Regional Symposium is a one day event with keepers being invited from zoos around the Northeast. The National Capital AAZK Chapter has hosted this event for the past three years, with representatives from twenty-five zoos being present at this past symposium. All food (snacks, pizza & soft drinks) is covered by a $20 admission charge to attend the symposium. All reservations are made in advance online. Behind the scenes tours of the zoo will be offered during the day, with keeper presentations taking place in the evening with a one hour dinner break in between. The symposium encourages keepers to gain experience delivering conference quality presentations, while also providing a great opportunity to network and share ideas with other keepers. Space is limited, so please be sure to purchase your tickets early if you want to guarantee yourself a spot. AAZK members will be given priority over non-members.

Tentative Schedule:

Bronx Zoo Opens: 10:00am (free admission & parking is included)

Check-In: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Behind the Scenes Tours:
1:00pm - 2:00pm First group of tours
2:00pm - 3:00pm Second group of tours

Presentations: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Pizza Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Presentations: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Call for Presentations: We are looking for a variety of keeper presentations to be featured at the regional symposium. This smaller, more intimate conference provides a great opportunity for keepers to practice giving conference quality presentations. Presenters will have fifteen minutes to talk, with a five minute question and answer period directly afterwards. Interested presenters should send an abstract of their presentation to no later than March 1st, at which time the symposium committee will select the presentations that will be given.

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Local Hotels: Listed below are hotels that are located within driving distance of the zoo.

Marriott Residence Inn, New Rochelle
35 LeCount Place · New Rochelle, New York 914-636-7888
8.5 miles from Bronx Zoo

Radisson Inn, New Rochelle
1 Radisson Plaza New Rochelle, NY 10801. 914-576-3700
8.6 miles from Bronx Zoo

Marriott Residence Inn – The Bronx Metro (The Atrium)
1776 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461.
3.0 miles from Bronx Zoo

Hampton Inn and Suites, Yonkers
160 Corporate Blvd., Yonkers, NY. 914-377-1144
9.9 miles from Bronx Zoo.

Ramada Bronx1000 Baychester Ave, Bronx, NY 10467. 718-862-2000
4.9 miles from Bronx Zoo.

Andrew Freedman B & B Bronx
1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10452. 718-410-6735
3.1 miles from Bronx Zoo.
(office: 900 Grand Concourse… 718-588-8200)

The Bronx Guest House, Bronx
off E 233rd St, Bronx (Wakefield neighborhood). 718-881-7022
4.8 miles from Bronx Zoo.