Kim Gardner, PAWS Director of Events 


Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
Saturday March 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM PDT

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Oakland Zoo/Zimmer Auditorium 
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605

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PAWS' Summit for the Elephants, 2012 


Presented by the Performing Animal Welfare Society

Hosted at the Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo: Maddie's Center/Zimmer Auditorium, on the first floor  

9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 





March 28, 29, 30 — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

$250 general; $175 student

Price includes:

Welcome reception on Wednesday evening at the Oakland Zoo

Vegetarian or vegan lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Summit lunches presented by renowned Chef, Tanya Petrovna

Complimentary shuttle service to and from Oakland Zoo for conference attendees staying at the Hilton Hotel-Oakland Airport location. Scroll down for hotel information.

Price does not include:

Other transportation, lodging, or any meals not mentioned.


March 31 — Saturday


Optional excursion to PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas, CA.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

$75 per person; includes transportation to and from San Andreas, and a sack lunch.

Join PAWS directors, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, for an intimate, behind-the-scene tour of the first captive elephant sanctuary in the United States.

ARK 2000 shuttles will be available at two locations — Oakland Zoo and the Hilton Hotel-Oakland Airport. When you register, please indicate at which location you will be boarding the shuttle. Check-in will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. Space is limited.

*The ARK 2000 optional excursion is open to conference attendees/speakers ONLY!


Register Now!


Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Deadline for registration: March 15, 2012


To register online using PayPal or credit card, click on the Register Now! link above.


To register by phone using your credit card:

Click here to go to our website Calendar of Events page.

Print a registration form using the link provided under "Summit for the Elephants."

Fill it in and have handy when you call.

Call our office at 209-745-2606, Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST


Speakers and panel members (in no particular order/subject to change):

Pat Derby and Ed Stewart: Founders, Performing Animal Welfare Society

Joyce Poole and Petter Granli: Founders, Elephant Voices

Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips: Founders, Animal Defenders International

Matt Rossell: Campaign Director, Animal Defenders International

Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani: Founders, Wildlife SOS India

Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell: Co-founder and CEO, Utopia Scientific

Joel Parrott, DVM: Executive Director, Oakland Zoo

Colleen Kinzley: Director of Animal Care, Conservation and Research,  Oakland Zoo

Gina Kinzley: Senior Elephant Keeper, Oakland Zoo

Guy Lichty: Curator of Mammals, North Carolina Zoo, Member, Steering Committee for the Elephant Taxon Advisory Group/Species Survival Plan for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)

Rob Atkinson: CEO, The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

Keith Lindsay, Ph.D.: Researcher/Conservation Biologist, Scientific Advisory Committee, Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP), Amboseli Trust for Elephants

Dagmar Gerdes: Operant Conditioning Manager/Protected Contact, San Juan de Aragon Zoo, Mexico

Cindy Machado: Director of Animal Services, Marin Humane Society

Gail Laule: President, Active Environments

Margaret Whittaker: Consultant, Active Environments

Katie Maneeley: Founder, The Animal Agency

Anna Ware: Board of Directors, Atlanta Humane Society

Deborah Robinson: Volunteer/Elephant Campaign, In Defense of Animals

Catherine Doyle: Elephant Welfare Specialist/Campaign Director, In Defense of Animals

Ariel Fagan: Tuft's University Veterinarian Department

Winnie Kiiru: Research Associate, Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP), Amboseli Trust for Elephants

Sofie Goetghebeur and Tony Verhulst: Founders, Elephant Haven (Europe)

Leonie Vestering: Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit (Dutch association against the use of wild animals in circuses)

Cherie Travis: Executive Director, Chicago Commission on Animal Care & Control

Adam M. Stone: Assistant Curator of Behavioral Management, Elephant Program Manager, Zoo Atlanta

Linda Faso: Las Vegas Animal Advocate

Martha Golar, Esq.: Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Animal Law

Delcianna Winders: Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, PETA

Denise M. Sofranko, DVM: Field Specialist for Elephants, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Sharon Niel: Conservationist, Researcher and Author




Hilton-Oakland Airport

One Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA

Phone: (510) 635-5000


PAWS looks forward to welcoming you to Summit for the Elephants, 2012, at the Oakland Zoo. In order to make your travel experience a pleasant and carefree one, we have selected the Hilton-Oakland Airport for lodging. The rates are very reasonable for the Bay Area, and they have worked with us to put together many exclusives for PAWS conference attendees. And best of all, you will not need a car!

The Hilton-Oakland Airport features several dining options, a sports bar, game room, business center, fitness room/gym, heated pool and room service. And. . . they’re pet friendly!

$114.00 per night single/double occupancy, includes breakfast for 1 or 2 guests (plus applicable taxes)

$124.00 for 3 guests per room; $134.00 for 4 guests per room (plus applicable taxes) — prices do not include additional breakfasts. Additional breakfasts may be purchased separately.

To receive these special rates, you must mention our special 3-digit code - PAW - when booking your room. This information will not be available until January 16. Please check our website at that time.


  • Complimentary Oakland Airport and “Oakland Coliseum” BART station shuttle service (see below).
  • Complimentary private shuttle to and from the hotel to the Oakland Zoo, Wed.-Fri., for conference attendees registered at the Hilton-Oakland Airport. 
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for up to two guests per room every morning.
  • Complimentary high speed WI-FI internet access in public areas of the hotel.
  • Complimentary wired internet access in each guest room.

Complimentary Hilton-Oakland Airport shuttle service eliminates the need for a rental car!

Oakland Zoo: Complimentary private shuttles to and from the Oakland Zoo conference location will be available Wednesday through Friday for conference attendees registered at the Hilton-Oakland Airport.

Oakland Airport Arrival: Complimentary shuttles are available from the Oakland Airport to the Hilton-Oakland Airport. Call 510-635-5000 upon arrival. You will be asked what airline you have arrived on and the driver will then let you know where to wait for the shuttle and when you can expect it to arrive.

Oakland Airport Departure: Complimentary shuttles to the Oakland Airport from the hotel run every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. No reservation is needed. Shuttle stops are located outside the lobby door.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) — Oakland Coliseum station: Complimentary hotel shuttle service is available to and from the “Oakland Coliseum” BART station location. Call 510-635-5000 to schedule.

San Francisco Airport Arrival/Departure: There is no complimentary shuttle from the San Francisco Airport to the hotel. Hilton-Oakland Airport guests arriving at the San Francisco airport can take a BART train to the “Oakland Coliseum” BART station. Once you have arrived at the “Oakland Coliseum” BART station, call 510-635-5000 to schedule complimentary shuttle service to the hotel. The cost for the BART train ride between the San Francisco Airport and the “Oakland Coliseum” BART station is approximately $8.80 each direction.

You must book your room by March 13, 2012, to guarantee PAWS’ special room rate.

For hotel guests with cars, we have secured a discounted rate of $6.00 per day for parking. 

IF YOU WILL BE DRIVING TO THE OAKLAND ZOO: When you arrive at the Oakland Zoo, pull into the entrance and drive past the parking Kiosk. No one will be there in the morning when you arrive. Take the first left into the LOWER parking lot towards Maddie's Center for Science and Education/Lower Entrance. Drive through the parking lot and up a slight hill to park in front of Maddie's Center (two-story building with solar panels on the roof). The Zimmer Auditorium is on the first floor.