28-29 March 2020
Drayton Manor, Tamworth, UK

Bettering Captive Husbandry

Bringing together private keepers and zoological professionals to share our experience and our knowledge, one with another.

In partnership with the British Herpetological Society (BHS) this conference is being held at the birthplace of the International Herpetological Society (IHS), Drayton Manor Zoo.

This is a meeting for all those who believe it’s time to get rid of myths and assumptions, and base reptile husbandry on a combination of good science, new technology and long-term studies of the animals in the wild.

Historic location

In the center of the country, Drayton Manor Zoo is the birthplace of the International Herpetological Society (IHS). You will have time during the conference to go and explore the incredible animal collection held here.

Greatest speakers

We've invited world leading experts on a huge range of topics; our speakers are some of the top people in their area of expertise. Check out their profiles below.

New techniques

Our speakers will be discussing - and our sponsors will be bringing - some of the latest technological advances, and demonstrating tips, tricks and new approaches to reptile husbandry.

Come and join us!

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Conference Speakers

Learn from some of the best, with world leading experts from all over the world. Our speakers are some of the top people in their area of expertise.

Keynote Speaker – Robert Mendyk

Robert is the Curator of Herpetology at Audubon Zoo and an Affiliate Research Associate of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. He is the founding editor of Biawak – Journal of Varanid Biology and Husbandry and a herpetoculture section editor for Herpetological Review. In addition to reptile behavior and reproduction, his research and publications have focused heavily on advancing herpetological husbandry and welfare, particularly in zoological parks.

Other speakers include:

More speaker details coming soon…

Venue / Travel

Drayton Manor Theme Park & Zoo

Drayton Manor Zoo

Located just outside Tamworth, Staffordshire, Drayton Manor Zoo is a fascinating place to explore with 15 acres of open plan zoo home to over 100 animals from all over the world including endangered species. It is also the birthplace of the International Herpetological Society.

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Accomodation

The conference is held within Drayton Manor Hotel in the grounds of the park. There are plenty of rooms available on a B&B rate.

 

There are plenty of local alternative options available on Booking.com

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Travel

By Car:
For visitors that will be using satellite navigation to get here, the post code to use is B78 3SA

 

Nearest Airports:
(BHX) Birmingham International Airport – approx 14 miles
(EMA) East Midlands Airport – Approx 26 miles

 

Nearest Train Station:
Tamworth – Approx 3 Miles

 

Bus Services
110 – Catch the Arriva 110 bus from Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield or Tamworth for a relaxing journey on our Sapphire service, setting you up for a fun day out. Stopping a short walk away from Drayton Manor Park entrance, exit the bus at ‘The Square’ island in Fazeley.

115– You can also catch the 115 from Tamworth, Hurley, Dosthill or Kingsbury, alighting at the same stop.

Pricing

Check out our event pricing below to find the right pass for you. Scroll down for more detailed information on what each pass offers.

Two Day Registration
Saturday & Sunday (SAVE £10)
£70
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Tickets Include:
Entry to both days of the conference
Tea/Coffee refreshments
Lunch
Conference goodie bag
Zoo Tour (Saturday only)
One Day Registration
Saturday OR Sunday
£40
per personGet Tickets
Tickets Include:
Entry to one day of the conference
Tea/Coffee refreshments
Lunch
Conference goodie bag
Zoo Tour (Saturday only)
ADD-ON: Saturday Evening Buffet
£20
per personGet Tickets
Tickets Include:
Saturday Evening Buffet

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Buying 5 or more tickets at once? Select the tickets labelled GROUP and save 10% per ticket. Minimum 5 tickets per order on group tickets.

*Please note that ALL tickets are non-refundable
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Our Sponsors

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