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The Aquarium and Zoo Facilities Association (AZFA) is a non-profit organization made up of facility professionals from aquariums, zoos and similar animal conservation facilities. We’re architects, engineers, management personnel, tradesmen, animal keepers, grounds and housekeeping staff, and more. We’re a collective of professionals who are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of animal habitats, facilities and related equipment.

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Sign up to become a member of the AZFA. For a small annual fee you gain access to the latest trends in design, management and growth of aquariums and zoos around the country. You also connect with a community that believes in the sharing of ideas, successes, what needs improvement, and anything that helps us build better habitats for animals, and the people who frequent them.


AZFA 27th Annual Conference
Wednesdays, September 23-October 14, 2020

Conference Information

Due to COVID-19, the AZFA hosted a virtual conference this year in place of the annual conference that was planned for Louisville.  It was held on 4 consecutive Wednesdays, starting September 23rd, and concluding on October 14th.  Each session included a Vendor Spotlight presentation, and prizes were raffled off to pre-registered members.  The final session on October 14th included our annual business meeting, election of officers, a Conference Sponsor Spotlight, and a bonus raffle.

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Raffle Sponsor

Session 1 (September 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Re-opening an Aquarium in a Major City During a Pandemic with Civil Unrest

Access Passcode: AZFA2020Session#1

Presented by Bob Wengel, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Security – Shedd Aquarium

Session 2 (September 30th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Diversity & Inclusion Panel

Access Passcode: AZFA2020Session#2

Presented by Nikky Myers, Director of Facilities Operations & Maintenance – Denver Zoo

Session 3 (October 7th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Vision for Sustainability: Houston Zoo Looks to 2022 and Beyond

Access Passcode: AZFA2020Session#3

Presented by Florence Tang, Project Manager – Design & Engineering and Erin Donato, Sustainability Manager – Facilities – Houston Zoo

Session 4 (October 14th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST)

Business Meeting & Election of Officers

Vendor Spotlight

Sponsor Spotlight

Adapting to Thrive – Positives from a Pandemic

Includes Annual Business Meeting and 2021 Officer Election Results
Access Passcode: AZFA2020Session#4

Intro by Mark Fisher, Vice President – Facilities, Planning, and Sustainability – Cincinnati Zoo