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San Diego Zoo Global Academy

A Wealth of Webinars

The San Diego Zoo Global Academy is committed to creating and sharing great content within our industry. This content can be distributed in various formats and cover a variety of topics. It can be informal information sharing or more formal courses for career development. One form of content being created is the webinars.

A webinar is usually a one-hour presentation, used to share valuable information—your “sage on the stage.” The webinar is first presented live, allowing people to watch, listen, and ask questions, and is then posted on the Academy site for ongoing access. These are great for individuals or groups. The fee is based on a per person charge, although subscribers to the Academy can access the live webinars with their subscription and then have whole teams or groups view webinars and participate together and learn and discuss collaboratively.

Currently, there are 78 webinars available in the Academy, and new webinars are frequently scheduled. Webinar subject areas now on the site include the following list (please note there are numerous topics within each of these categories).

  • Americans with Disabilities Act — 2 webinars
  • Animal Care Training — 9 webinars
  • Association of Zoos & Aquariums — 2 webinars
  • Conservation / Education / Research — 28 webinars
  • Human Resources — 20 webinars
  • Operations / Administration — 13 webinars
  • Volunteers — 4 webinars

Do you want to create webinars that can be shared with your team and/or the whole Zoo and Aquarium community? The Academy’s webinar production process enables all of us to create webinars for internal use (private site) and to share with others (Global Academy site). The upcoming webinar schedule is filling up fast; if you’d like to contribute to the ever-growing catalog of courses, please contact Debbie DiBacco at ddibacco@cypherworx.com. There are still some dates open in July and September.

Complete Webinar List

Would you like to hear more about private sites in particular, or the Academy in general?
Please contact Linda Duca at (516) 815-2886, or lduca@cypherworx.com

Academy News

Course Highlight: Zoological Record Keeping

Keeping accurate animal-care records is an important part of zookeeping and a requirement for AZA accreditation and permitting. Standardized information systems that can be transferred and maintained collaboratively between organizations can help you identify health issues, develop sustainable species populations, and address conservation challenges.

See a Course Sample Here


The San Diego Zoo Global Academy Welcomes
The Jackson Zoo!

The Jackson Zoo in Jackson, Mississippi has joined the Global Academy. Welcome to the collaborative learning environment for training and development of zoo and aquarium professionals!

May Webinars Available on the Academy Site

During May, three new webinars took place, which are now available to Academy members. Our “Intro to Working with Volunteers” webinar reviewed who volunteers are, what they want out of their experience, and how best to engage them in mission fulfillment. Those who attended the webinar received the PowerPoint presentation to begin developing their own Volunteer Tool Kit.

A second webinar showed participants the benefits of the San Diego Zoo’s privately branded site, “My Academy,” and gave a run-through of what is rapidly becoming a fan favorite among San Diego Zoo employees. Finally, a new course was added to what will be our Human Resources Tool Kit. “World-Class Wellness” provided a blueprint for companies eager to start or continue on their own path to wellness.

Upcoming Live Webinars for June

Some great new content is coming this month—enroll now!

  • Infection Control in Program Animals
  • Service Animals, Segways, and the New ADA: Are You Ready?
  • Mobile Apps: The Next Level of Patron Engagement
  • Integrating Plants and Animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Research Oversight in Zoological Settings and How to Work with an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Avian Conservation Programs: How to Become Involved
  • Access to the Great Outdoors: New Proposed ADA Standards

Full course descriptions and sign up information

If you are not currently on our mailing list for webinars and would like to be, please contact Debbie DiBacco at lduca@cypherworx.com

Zoo & Conservation News Highlights

Scan through all of the Zoo & Conservation News compiled by the San Diego Zoo Global Library this week at the library website.

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Contact Linda Duca

San Diego Zoo Global Academy


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