November 9, 10, 11

Conference Sponsors

Animal Legal Defense Fund, Alyne Fortgang, The Humane Society of the United States, In Defense of Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare, PETA Foundation, David Reuben, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, Tigers In America


Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
1001 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506

Driving Directions

Complimentary parking is available.

Conference Hotel

SOLD OUT! Hilton Garden Inn - Burbank Downtown: 401 South San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502; 1-818-509-7964 (Click here for other hotel/lodging information.)

Guest room Wi-Fi and overnight self-parking at the Hilton Garden Inn - Burbank Downtown are complimentary for the PAWS Conference Group.

Breakfast Buffet Option: You can add the breakfast buffet for up to two (2) people for an additional $10.00 per night, plus tax. Please book your reservation at the group rate listed and then contact the hotel's Senior Sales Manager, Jennifer Smith, at 818-531-0659 or email her at

Map and Driving Directions

The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle service, and there is no shuttle service between the hotel and the conference site (affordable transportation options are listed below).

Distance from the hotel to the Pickwick Gardens Conference Center:  1.8 miles. Driving time: 5 minutes. Taxi: $10.00 (up to 4 people). Lyft: $5.00 (up to 4 people). Uber: $5.00-6.00 (up to 4 people). Please note that all prices are approximate.

Click here for OTHER HOTEL OPTIONS in the Burbank area.

Dining options in the Burbank area:  Click here to view.

Travel Information
Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is closest to the hotel and conference facility. Airlines flying into Burbank include American, United, Southwest, Alaska, Delta and Jet Blue.

Los Angeles  International Airport (LAX) may provide a less expensive option and it serves more airlines. It is about 30 miles from the hotel.
Transportation from airports to hotel. . .

Flying into BUR: Distance to hotel is 3.7 miles. Driving time is 13 minutes. Taxi: $20.00. Lyft: $10.00. Uber: $10.00. Super Shuttle Shared Ride (make stops for other passengers): $15.00. Super Shuttle Non-Stop Ride: $45.00.

Book Super Shuttle here.
Flying into LAX: Distance to hotel is 29 miles. Driving time is 45 minutes (can vary with time of day). Taxi: $88.00. Lyft: $40.00. Uber: $40.00. Super Shuttle Shared Ride (make stops for other passengers): $38.00. Super Shuttle Non-Stop Ride: $73.00. 

Please note that all prices are approximate.

Note: Both the hotel and the conference center offer complimentary parking.

PAWS Contacts

Kim Gardner:, for information on conference, logistics and sponsorships. 916-539-5305.

Catherine Doyle:, for information on conference schedule, speakers and topics. 323-301-5730

PAWS Office:, for general information and registration. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific time. 209-745-2606

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The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) presents the 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference, a global summit that focuses on the confinement and use of captive wild animals, especially those exploited for entertainment. Its aim is to educate, stimulate critical discussion, and promote action to protect and improve the welfare of captive wildlife.

The theme of the conference is “Confronting Captivity”, reflecting a growing resistance to the exploitation of captive wild animals around the world – from tourist elephant rides to orcas in marine parks to big cats in circuses. Our speakers are on the front lines, working for change through scientific research, ethics, law, conservation, and animal care, policy and welfare. 

The PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference is a highly anticipated event that attracts people from around the world and features exciting speakers who are leaders in their fields. PAWS has been presenting inspiring and thought-provoking conferences since 1992.

Why you should attend this conference: 

  • Learn about a range of important issues affecting captive wildlife, including elephants, big cats, marine mammals, and bears. 
  • Hear from professionals (more than 35 speakers) on the cutting edge in their respective areas.
  • Discover different perspectives on the issues, from science to ethics to animal law. 
  • Know the issues and learn how you can take action in your community to help captive and performing wild animals. 
  • Meet others who share your interest in captive wildlife. More than 500 people attended the 2014 conference in Los Angeles, representing 24 U.S. states and six countries.
  • Only U.S.-based conference of its kind. 
  • Beautiful location in sunny Southern California.
  • Get inspired!

Thank you to our sponsors: David Reuben, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Alyne Fortgang, In Defense of Animals, PETA Foundation, Pivotal Foods, Tigers In America


Friday, November 9 | Focus on Elephants

Saturday, November 10 | Captive Wildlife Issues and Solutions (Law, Welfare, Science), Marine Mammals in Entertainment

Sunday, November 11 | Captive Bears and Big Cats Around the World


Click here for a list of confirmed speakers.  Current as of 10/29/2018


Click here to view the conference program.   Current as of 10/29/18


Three-Day Conference | $300 general; $250 students (I.D. required)

Three-Day Conference + Ice Breaker | $330 general; $280 students (I.D. required)

One-Day Conference Only | $125 general; $100 students (I.D. required)

Friday Night Ice Breaker | $40

Conference price includes: morning and afternoon refreshments, plant-based lunch, complimentary Wi-Fi, free parking. Price does not include: transportation, lodging, or any meals not mentioned.

Ice Breaker price includes: one drink coupon, no-host bar, light appetizers, silent auction and entertainment.

Dining options in the Burbank area:  Click here to view.

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Register online with PayPal or your credit card

by clicking on the "Register Now!" link above.


To register by phone using your credit card, call PAWS' office at 209-745-2606

Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST


Registration closes on October 31st!