September 5-7, 2017

Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • Nutrition
  • Veterinary care
  • Reproduction and contraception
  • Social structure and aggression
  • Safety
  • Training
  • Enrichment
  • Basic husbandry
  • Capture and restraint methods

The class is taught by experts (SSP coordinators, nutritionists, veterinarians and zoo professionals with decades of experience working with these species), who bring a range of experiences from different zoos across the country.

Is This Course for You?

This course is designed for professional animal keepers, supervisors, and managers interested in the care of large canids.


None. Priority will be given to those directly involved with canid/hyeanid care and management.

(Those not affiliated with an AZA-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to [email protected] for consideration.)

Course Schedule

Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.

Travel & Accommodations

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) is the closest airport. Cincinnati is a 2 hour drive from Indianapolis for those that will be attending AZA Annual Meeting. Course participants that stay at the designated hotel are transported to Cincinnati Zoo for class each day.

Hotel rate per/night estimate: $150

The canid and hyenid husbandry course is a 3 day class that covers the husbandry of the four large canids (painted dogs, Mexican wolves, red wolves, maned wolves) and the one hyena species (spotted hyena) managed by the AZA Canid and Hyaneid TAG as SSPs.  In the future plans are to include the small canids in managed programs under the TAG umbrella.

This course was created to support the need for further education of keeper staff on proper husbandry techniques specific to canids and hyaneids. Material covered in the course is based on the AZA Large Canid and Hyena Animal Care Manuals (ACMs), but provides students the ability to interact with and learn from species specialists and topic experts. Students will be provided with additional resources to further their education after the class and to share with other keepers back at their institution.  All students will be expected to participate in pre-course work, in class activities, and homework.

Registration Information:

Canid & Hyeanid TAG Husbandry Course: September 5-7, 2017

Click here to Pre-Register


This course will be held at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The registration fee below includes admission to the zoo, lunch for each day of the course, and travel to and from the designated course hotel.  The course has a 30 student capacity.

Course Fee: $100

Registration Timeline: March 1 – August 5, 2017

Priority Registration: March 1 – May 1, 2017

  • Students that are currently involved in the care or management of large canids will be given preference during this time.

All other registrants will be placed on a Wait List until May 2, 2017. After this time the class will be filled to the 30 student capacity based on registration date.