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Rescue. Advocacy. Sanctuary. For Life.

Since 1984

Join us in Los Angeles, California, on November 9 and 10, for the world’s only INTERNATIONAL CAPTIVE WILDLIFE CONFERENCE, and to celebrate PAWS’ remarkable 40 years of rescue, sanctuary, education, and advocacy.


In conjunction with the conference, we will be commemorating PAWS’ 40TH ANNIVERSARY with a special celebratory evening event on November 9, making this weekend an occasion you won’t want to miss!


Book early, as capacity for both events is limited!

PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference

"Ending Wild Animals as Entertainment"

November 9-10, 2024

Los Angeles, California

Get ready to be inspired! This year's conference theme is “Ending Wild Animals as Entertainment.” Leading voices advocating on behalf of elephants, marine mammals, big cats, and other wild animals will provide enlightening information and engage in spirited discussions of the key advances, challenges, and solutions surrounding captive wildlife in various forms of “entertainment." Confirmed speakers represent more than half a dozen countries, making this a truly global event.


This international summit for captive wildlife is the only conference of its kind.

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Networking: Share your interests with attendees from around the world.
  • Discovery: Get the latest information on captive wildlife issues.
  • Inspiration: Take what you’ve learned and put it into action for animals! 

Conference Information

Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 2024

Conference Registration $275 | Student Registration $250 (ID Required)

Registration fee includes: two-day conference, two lunches, four refreshment breaks

(All lunches and breaks are plant-based.)

Registration check-in begins 8:15 a.m. each day | Conference begins 9:00 a.m. | Conference ends 5:30 p.m.

40th Anniversary Evening Celebration, Saturday, November 9, 2024

(Immediately following the Conference.)

Conference Attendee $100

(Each conference attendee will have the option to purchase one discounted 40th Anniversary Evening Celebration ticket during online registration. To purchase a general admission ticket, please see below.)

Conference Program

Please check back for conference program.



Click here to view or print a list of confirmed speakers (subject to change).

Registration will close on Friday, October 25, or when the conference sells out.

General admission tickets for PAWS' 40th Anniversary Evening Celebration may be purchased below.

Conference Venue

Proud Bird Event Center LAX

11022 Aviation Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Complimentary self-parking available


Shuttle service will not be provided between hotel and conference venue.

Distance from the hotel to conference venue is 1.3 miles (about a 25-minute walk). Uber and Lyft are widely available in this area.


Nearest Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Conference Hotel

Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel (Marriott LAX)

9620 Airport Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90045



Complimentary shuttle service is available between LAX airport and the hotel and runs every 15 minutes. Click here for more information on locating the shuttle at the airport.


Special PAWS Room Rate: $169 plus fees and taxes*

Special rate is available until October 18 or until room block sells out.

Available dates at this rate are for November 7-11 only.

*Special PAWS room rate does not include $14 surcharge added for hotel costs to comply with LA Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance, or other taxes and fees.


Hotel amenities include fitness room, outdoor pool, on-site dining, bar, and convenience store. Wi-Fi is complimentary for Marriott Bonvoy members; non-member charge is $5 per night per guest. (Membership is free. Click here to join.)


Parking rate per night for hotel guests: $30 | Parking rate for non-guests: $66

PAWS’ 40th Anniversary Evening Celebration

(With Surprise Celebrity Guests!)

Saturday, November 9 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

$150 per person

Proud Bird Event Center LAX

11022 Aviation Blvd.  

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Complimentary self-parking available


Ticket Includes: Hosted bar, plant-based appetizers, special 40th Anniversary program, silent auction, and more!

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, October 25, or when event sells out.

Tickets will not be available for purchase at the conference or at the event.

Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Information

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