Attendee Registration Information

Louisville, KY October 1-5, 2023

As you start to plan the year ahead, we want to make sure you that you have the Aquarium & Zoo Facility Association’s 30th Annual Conference in Louisville on your calendar as a must attend! Here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you about this year’s conference:

Pre-Conference Ice Breaker Event Sunday October 1 Seelbach Hotel Rathskeller, Louisville, KY

The Seelbach Hilton is equal parts historical landmark and architectural masterpiece. It began as the dream of two Bavarian brothers – Otto and Louis Seelbach – in 1869 when Louis came to Louisville to learn the hotel business. In 1903, after several years of running restaurants and gentleman’s clubs, the brothers began construction of a new hotel at the corner of 4th and Walnut Street (now Muhammad Ali), creating a lavish, turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts Baroque hotel. Sparing no expense, they imported marbles from all over the world, bronzes from France, hardwoods from the West Indies and Europe, linens from Ireland, and valuable Turkish and Persian Rugs. The Seelbach opened in May of 1905 and garnered an incredible 25,000 visitors on opening day. The hotel was so popular that the Seelbach brothers began a 154-room addition in the fall of that same year.

The Bavarian-style Rathskeller Room was constructed of Rookwood Pottery in 1907. A unique work of art and the only room of its kind in the world (that’s still intact), this room is an ornate, preserved part of American history. The decorations of the room were drawn by hand on the clay before firing; the design was a part of the ware. After baking, various glazes were added in subsequent firings. A portion of the ceiling is made of leather and was painted with intricate designs (including the twelve signs of the zodiac). The Rathskeller has been the site of many social and business functions & continues to be, in current times, a popular meeting place at the Seelbach.

Zoo Day Wednesday, October 4 The Louisville Zoo

Opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently exhibits more than 1,100 animals on 130 acres of natural settings representing zoogeographical areas, specific habitat types or special education areas including: Glacier Run, Africa, Islands, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), Australian Outback, the HerpAquarium and the Metazoo Education Center. The Zoo’s award-winning Islands, Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run exhibits have been recognized by AZA for their excellence and innovation.

The Louisville Zoological Gardens, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to its mission to “Better the Bond Between People and Our Planet” by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in conservation education. The Zoo’s collections which include botanical gardens are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Louisville Zoo is also an agency of Louisville Metro Government.

Post-Conference Tour Thursday, October 5 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH

The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been dedicated to the conservation of plants and animals since 1875. Proclaimed the “Greenest Zoo in America®” in 2010, the Zoo has continued to lead the way in sustainability and green initiatives by greening its daily operations and reducing its impact on the environment. Through green building, solid waste management, renewable energy, water conservation, storm water management, energy efficiency and community outreach, the Zoo has strengthened its sustainability program to have a positive impact on the planet.


Note: In order to register, you must be a current AZFA Member.  If you would like to join the AZFA or renew your AZFA membership, you can do so here.  If your facility has a membership bundle, please contact Sam Peterson at Sam.Peterson@SAZoo.org to process your renewal.

Active AZFA Member - $250 before 8/31/23, $295 after 8/31/23

Retired AZFA Member - $120 before 8/31/23, $135 after 8/31/23
Attendee Online Registration
AZFA Exhibitor (Full Conference) - $1,300 before 8/31/23, $1,500 after 8/31/23 AZFA Exhibitor (Limited-hotel only) - $1,000 before 8/31/23, $1,200 after 8/31/23
Bronze Conference Sponsor - $1,000 before 8/31/23, $1,250 after 8/31/23
Silver Conference Sponsor - $2,300 before 9/1/23, $2,400 after 8/31/23 - Includes 1 attendee
Gold Conference Sponsor - $3,000 before 9/1/23, $3,200 after 8/31/23 - Includes 1 attendee plus 1/2 off a second attendee
Platinum Conference Sponsor - $3,750 - Includes 2 attendees plus an opportunity to present to the group
Presenting Conference Sponsor - $5,000 - Includes 2 attendees, an opportunity to present to the group, larger logos, and Digital News Outlet access (article space)
Thank you for your support! Please select one registration type.

*Additional fees apply for guest registrations and pre-conference team building event

Online Hotel Reservations (Note: After clicking Book a Room, you can edit your stay if you plan to arrive before the conference or stay after the conference)


Please contact Sean Woods, Facilities Manager, at (502) 418-7689 sean.woods@louisvilleky.gov

AZFA Annual Conference / Attention: Sean Woods Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213


Sam Peterson Sustainability Coordinator, San Antonio Zoo sam.peterson@sazoo.org


The AZFA Program & Education Committee has been hard at work putting together our educational sessions for Louisville this fall.  We know one of the main reason your institution sends you to the AZFA conference is for the educational sessions.  Our goal is to offer a variety of educational opportunities that broadens the brim your professional facilities hat. Agenda, sessions and speakers will be updated regularly. Bookmark this page to check for updates. In the mean time, here are a few additional flyers of information that are helpful. Download the Whova App for the full conference experience! It's a fantastic way to network during the conference! Agenda at a Glance (7/10/23)