PAWS Conference

Friday & Saturday

November 11-12, 2016

Conference begins at 8:30 a.m. each day

A special add-on tour of PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary, hosted by PAWS President and Cofounder Ed Stewart, is available for Sunday morning, November 13. This two hour tour will begin at 10 a.m.


San Andreas, CA

Mountain Oaks School
150 Old Oak Road
San Andreas, CA 95249

Driving Directions 


Where To Stay?

Travelodge Angels Camp

Official Conference Hotel

SOLD OUT On 10/19 we were notified that a few additional rooms at this location are now available. No discounts apply. First come, first served.

600 North Main Street

Angels Camp, CA 95222 


Click here for a list of additional lodging in the Calaveras County area. (We have secured a block of rooms with discount pricing at the Gold Country Inn in Angels Camp.)

NOTE: There is no shuttle service available from the Sacramento airport to your lodging or from your lodging to the conference site. You will need to arrange your own transportation.



Kim Gardner: kgardner@pawsweb.org

for questions regarding general conference logistics and sponsorships.

(916) 488-3991

Catherine Doyle: cdoyle@pawsweb.org

for questions regarding conference schedule, topics and speakers.

(323) 301-5730

PAWS Office: info@pawsweb.org

general information, as well as registration by phone using your credit card.

(209) 745-2606 - M-F, 9-4 PST


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Registration is now closed.

The last day to register was October 31.

The PAWS 2016 International Captive Wildlife Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, 2016. This premier global summit addresses the confinement and use of exotic and wild animals – with a special focus on elephants, bears and big cats – and features speakers on the next wave of sanctuaries for elephants, orcas and nonhuman primates. You can expect to hear from leading voices in the fields of scientific research, sanctuary care, conservation, law, and animal welfare, policy and care. 

This year’s conference will be held in San Andreas, California, home to PAWS’ ARK 2000 sanctuary where we care for elephants, lion, black leopard, tigers and bears. On Sunday morning, November 13, Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join PAWS President and Cofounder Ed Stewart on a tour of the 2,300-acre natural habitat sanctuary.

PAWS has been presenting outstanding conferences since 1992, attracting attendees from around the world. Our aim is to educate, stimulate critical discussion and promote action to protect and improve the welfare of captive wildlife. 

Thank you to our sponsors:


Friday, November 11 | Bears/Big Cats - followed by Ice Breaker Reception*

Saturday, November 12 | Elephants/Next Wave Sanctuaries

Sunday, November 13Morning Visit to ARK 2000 (10 a.m. to noon)**

*Ice Breaker reception will follow Friday's program and is included with the Full Conference Package. It is also available as a $25 "add-on."

**Sunday's ARK 2000 sanctuary tour is available to conference attendees ONLY.


2016 Speakers





Full Conference Package | $195*

 2-Day Conference Only | $150 

1-Day Friday Only Conference | $75 

1-Day Friday Only Conference + Sunday morning ARK 2000 Tour | $115 

1-Day Saturday Only Conference | $75 

1-Day Saturday Only Conference + Sunday morning ARK 2000 Tour | $115 


2-Day Conference Only | $90 

2-Day Conference + Sunday morning ARK 2000 Tour | $130 

1-Day Friday Only Conference | $50 

1-Day Friday Only Conference + Sunday morning ARK 2000 Tour | $90 

1-Day Saturday Only Conference | $50 

1-Day Saturday Only Conference + Sunday morning ARK 2000 Tour | $90


Friday evening immediately following the day's program. Food, drink and socializing. | $25

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*Full Conference Package: includes 2-day conference; morning and afternoon refreshments and vegan lunch served Friday and Saturday; Ice Breaker reception Friday evening; and ARK 2000 two-hour tour on Sunday morning (begins at 10 a.m.).

Daily conference prices include: morning and afternoon refreshments and vegan lunch.

Prices do not include: transportation, lodging, or any meals not mentioned.

Sunday's ARK 2000 tour does not include lunch. 


Register Now!

To register online using your credit card,

click on the "Register Now!" link above.

You DO NOT need a PayPal account. You can purchase as a guest.



Nearest Airport: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) serves all major airlines. 

Rental Cars: Several rental car companies are on site at the airport (take rental car shuttle near baggage claim area to central rental location). Please use your GPS for directions to San Andreas (travel time approximately 1.5 hours). 

Travel to San Andreas and Environs: You will need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to your lodging and from lodging to the conference site. San Andreas is a small, rural community located in Calaveras County in California’s historic “Gold Country,” notable for its beautiful rolling hills and deep valleys. The area is dotted with quaint Gold Rush-era towns where you will find shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. PAWS will be providing information to attendees on local dining, convenience stores, and tourism.

Want to Share A Ride? PAWS has created a Facebook Event Page where those who are interested in sharing transportation can connect. (PAWS is not coordinating any ride shares.)


Registration closes October 31, 2016!