2018 AAZK National Conference

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October 4th - October 8th, 2018

Pre-Conference Trip

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo- $65
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime. Here, you do more than just look. Explore newly renovated and award-winning exhibits. Discover more than 30 species of endangered animals. Interact with our giraffes and don’t miss the chance to hand-feed them! Soar over your favorite animal exhibits and take in breathtaking views of the city below on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. We look forward to providing you an experience of a lifetime with your visit to America’s only mountain zoo!

Post-Conference Trip (Option #1)- $45

Denver Experience Trip
Mt. Falcon hike, Red Rocks and local brewery tour.
Hike Mt. Falcon on a 2.3 mile loop and take in several historic sites as well as breathtaking views of Denver, Red Rocks, and the Front Range. This is an easy hike and has a relatively flat and wide trail. You will also be able to explore Red Rocks and visit its museums. After a day of hiking you'll get to relax and enjoy a tour of one of our local Colorado breweries!

Post-Conference Trip (Option #2)- $45

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge

Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story - it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives.

National Wildlife Property Repository
The National Wildlife Property Repository is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In accordance with the law, these items are stored in a secure environment, and many of the items are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife. Others items are sent to scientific institutions to be used in research to develop better identification methods to protect wildlife.

Post Conference Trip (Option #3)- $60

Pueblo Zoo

Home to more than 400 animals and 120 species including guest favorites –lions, playful otters and penguins. The Pueblo Zoo is an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facility that covers twenty-five acres in the southwest quadrant of Pueblo City Park. Under the direction of the non-profit Pueblo Zoological Society, the Zoo is a place where animals are exhibited in natural settings, where the interdependence of earth's life (plants and animals - including human beings) is made clear for everyone to see, understand, and appreciate.