Conference: November 11-12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST

Post-Conference Trip to PAWS ARK 2000 Sanctuary: November 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


PBS-KVIE Ose Community Room
2030 W. El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95833

Driving Directions

Complimentary parking is available at the conference site. There is no shuttle between hotels and conference site.

Conference Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento/South Natomas: 2540 Venture Oaks Way, Sacramento, CA 95833. Phone: (916) 568-5400 

One mile from conference site. About 10 miles from airport. Restaurants walking distance from hotel. Complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and other amenities. No airport shuttle. 

Limited rooms available at a block rate of $154.00 per night. Click here to make a reservation.

Map and Driving Directions 


Springhill Suites Sacramento Natomas: 2555 Venture Oaks Way, Sacramento, California 95833. Phone: 916-925-2280. 

Limited rooms available at a rate of $169.00/night. Click here to make a reservation.  

One mile from conference site. About 10 miles from airport. Restaurants walking distance from hotel. Complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and other amenities. No airport shuttle.

Map and Driving Directions

Travel Information

Sacramento International Airport (SMF): Serves all major airlines. Full rental car services (free airport shuttle to car rental center).

For transport from airport to hotels, ride share services recommended.

PAWS Contacts

Kim Gardner:, for general conference information, hotel information, and logistics. 916-539-5305

Catherine Doyle:, for information on conference schedule and speakers.

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

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“Back Together in the Fight for Captive Wildlife” is the theme for this year’s PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference.

It’s been four years since our last conference and now it’s time to bring everyone up to speed – in person – on all things concerning captive wildlife: from circuses, tourism and zoos to the latest efforts in law and legislation. We’ll be talking about captive elephants, cetaceans, big cats, and nonhuman primates, as well as challenges, successes, and future actions for change.

Hear from more than 30 speakers on the front lines for captive wildlife through their work in conservation, scientific research, law, academia, and animal care, welfare and policy. Countries represented include Canada, Germany, South America, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.

PAWS has been presenting this unique global summit since 1992. We hope to see you in November!

New in 2022: Two “super panels” where experts tackle tough questions involving captive wildlife and how to bring about change.

Special Conference Event: Photographer Colleen Plumb book signing, "Thirty Times a Minute."

Post-Conference Event: Visit PAWS’ ARK 2000 sanctuary – home to elephants, tigers, and bears – on Sunday, November 13.

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Connect with people who share your interest in captive wildlife.
  • Discover the latest information on captive wildlife issues that you care about.
  • Get inspired to take action for captive wild animals!

Conference Sponsors


Friday, November 11 | Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m. Conference begins at 9 a.m.

Saturday, November 12 | Conference begins at 9 a.m.

Sunday, November 13 | ARK 2000 shuttles depart 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m.


Click here to view or print a list of conference speakers and their bios.  Current as of 10/27/2022.


Click here to view or print conference program. Current as of 10/27/2022.


Two-Day Conference | $250 general; $200 students (I.D. required)

Friday Night Ice Breaker: Available to full conference attendees only.  | $30 

Sunday Post Conference Trip to PAWS ARK 2000 Sanctuary: Available to full conference attendees only. | $85

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

Ice Breaker price includes: light appetizers and two drink tickets.

ARK 2000 Trip includes: transportation to ARK 2000, box lunch. (All participants must ride on the shuttles.)

Please read PAWS' COVID Health and Safety Protocols before you register (see below).


Reserve your spot now!

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Register online with your credit card or PayPal

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 closed on October 15th.

COVID Healthy and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our participants is a top priority. Click here to read or download the 2022 International Captive Wildlife Conference COVID Healthy and Safety Protocols.


Click here to read PAWS Conference FAQs.