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8th Annual Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop & Conservation Summit

2014 Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop &
Conservation Summit
October 6 – 9, 2014
Proudly hosted by the Houston Zoo in Houston, Texas

REGISTRATION COMING SOON – check back with us in mid-April; registration will open then!

We are very excited to announce that the 2014 Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop will be held in conjunction with an Orangutan Conservation Summit at the Houston Zoo. The meeting will feature a full day husbandry workshop on Monday, October 6, 2014, covering topics pertaining to captive populations including enrichment, training, and veterinary care, through presentations, posters and panel discussions.

The Conservation Summit will begin on October 7, 2014 and focus on exploring the emergent issues facing wild orangutans, as well as helping more zoos holding orangutans commit to participating in the vital role of saving them. Houston is lining up key personnel involved in orangutan conservation across Borneo and Sumatra for this very special event.

A post-workshop trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas will take place on October 10, 2014. This workshop is limited to 250 attendees.

Registration Pricing

Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop – $50
Orangutan Conservation Summit – $175
Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop & Conservation Summit – $200 (a $25 savings!)
Daily Registration Fee for the Orangutan Conservation Summit – $60
Post-Workshop Trip to Moody Gardens – $50

Description of Events

Not finalized yet

Sunday: Closed SSP Meeting
Monday: Husbandry Workshop
Monday Night: Icebreaker Party
Tuesday – Thursday: Orangutan Conservation Summit
Thursday night: Banquet and Silent Auction
Friday: Post-workshop trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston


Conference Goals and Description

The Houston Zoo will host the 2014 Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) meetings. The Orangutan SSP is a resource for the advancement of captive care and in situ conservation of the orangutan. Our goal is to give those in our care the best possible lives, and to contribute meaningfully to the conservation of wild orangutans. As part of this week-long meeting attended by North American zoos which house orangutans, we have made a concerted effort to modify the schedule in order to host a Summit for the Conservation of Borneo and Sumatra’s Orangutans.

The Summit for the Conservation of Borneo and Sumatra’s Orangutans will focus on the conservation and partnerships behind protecting orangutans across their range. We have invited plenary speakers from both Borneo and Sumatra who are considered experts in their fields of orangutan research and conservation as well as host panel sessions covering multiple topics which are necessary to protect this species on a landscape scale.

Our goal is to bring together field personnel, funding agencies, foundations and programs messaging palm oil awareness efforts as well as invite representatives from palm oil plantations and corporations focused on RSPO products to have an open discussion on how best to move forward with one unified voice in supporting orangutan conservation measures. This will occur within the scope of the meeting that will be attended by the 55 North American zoos representing orangutan collections and selected colleagues from zoos in the UK, Europe and Australia. We can also expect Universities, NGOs and non-profits to attend this Summit.

A secondary goal of this program will be to message the attendees that the support of orangutan conservation programming is not simply an option but a core component of our missions to protect this species and their habitats to the best of our ability while raising the necessary issues to generate awareness for potential funding sources and better protection measures across the range.

Biographies of our Speakers

Marc Ancrenaz
Dr. Andrew J. Marshall
Erik Meijaard
Maria A. van Noordwijk
Darrel Webber


Hotel Accomodations

Wyndham Houston Medical Center Hotel and Suites
6800 Main Street, Houston TX 77030
Reservations: 1-877-999-3223
Group Name: Houston Zoo
Rates are $129 per night single, double, or triple rate plus applicable taxes

Register for the hotel using this link to receive your discount.

Airports and Shuttle

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) hosts all major airlines and is approximately 25 miles from the Houston Zoo and nearby lodging. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) hosts Southwest, Delta, Air Tran and American Airlines and is approximately 15 miles from the Houston Zoo and nearby lodging. Super Shuttle operates from both airports and can be accessed online at http://www.supershuttle.com/