We are in the final stretch to the Orangutan Husbandry Workshop! There is still time to register for the course and the workshop. Because of many people asking for extensions for the registration, we are extending registration deadline to match the hotel reservation deadline. If you already have registered, please don’t forget to reserve your hotel accommodations before it’s too late. I have listed some information and helpful reminders.
Happening August 17-21, 2018
The SSP Meeting: August 17, 2018
The Husbandry Course: August 18, 2018
The Workshop: August 19-21
Post-Conference Trip: Topeka Zoo August 22, 2018
Mark Louis Benedict is a core member of APE Malaysia, also known as Animal Projects & Environmental Education Sdn. Bhd. since 2008. As Project Director, he manages responsible volunteering and educational programs in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. He is also instrumental in setting up of the Kinabatangan CREATE Project (Corridor Restoration for Animals Threatened & Endangered), a dream come true for APE Malaysia to include local villagers in habitat restoration work.
Mark started his career as a naturalist and was awarded the Best Malaysian Tour Guide (Nature) 2005/2006. His passion for wildlife and environmental conservation in Sabah, his home state, led him down the path of engaging individuals on projects that positively impact wildlife welfare through habitat restoration and captive welfare. Mark also shares his skills and passion for birds and photography by instilling conservation interest in participants and the younger generation.
Mazrul Mahadzir is a PhD student at school of psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. His research explores the predictive use of vision by orangutans in navigation and foraging for rewards in naturalistic environments. He used a portable eye tracker to record orangutan and human gaze as they search for rewards in a specially build foraging room. This research aim to identify and determine their gaze strategies and motor actions as they learn to search for hidden rewards inside this room. He is also a Project Director for Animal Projects and Environmental Education Sdn. Bhd. (APE Malaysia) who runs conservation and animal welfare projects. In APE Malaysia projects, he design enrichment for the apes and other animals at zoos and centers around South East Asia.
Happening on Saturday, August 18.
For novice to experienced keeper staff
A one day course that will touch on the following subjects:
- Overview of The history of the SSP, Population management and Future challenges to population management
- Natural history and behavior
- Reproduction, Birth Management and Hand Rearing
- Nutrition and Body Condition
- Vet overview
- The workshop begins on Sunday, August 19th and goes through Tuesday August 21st.
- There will be a wide variety of presentations from in-situ and ex-situ projects, and best management practices for orangutans.
- Great opportunities for networking, passing on information, and how to be involved in orangutan conservation!
Hosted by the Topeka Zoo for $40
When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Go to kansascityzoo.org/orangutan-ssp-workshop-2018/ to sign up
We are planning to be back in Kansas City by 5pm that same day.
You can still register from now until July 10th
There are still spots available for the course, workshop, and post conference trip!
To register visit: kansascityzoo.org/orangutan-ssp-workshop-2018/
Conservation: During registration you will have the opportunity to offset your carbon emissions with a $10 donation.
“Your $10 donation will go toward the planting of 2 saplings in Borneo and also includes all of the miscellaneous cost that is associated with tree-planting and habitat restoration. This will include not just the price of the sapling itself, but also the manpower to plant them, logistical costs of the boats and vehicles to ferry tools, equipment and labor to and from the village to the planting sites and nurseries, maintenance work over the years of it growing up into young trees.”Register Now!
We are also looking for some new and fresh content to share with our colleagues this year. If you are interested in presenting please, submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts are due by June 1, 2018. If you are wanting to present a poster instead of a full presentation, please make note of that when you turn in your abstract submission.
Abstract Submission Guidelines
- Must be in Word format
- Author’s name, affiliation, and contact information (email, address, phone) should be in the document
- Title of Paper
- Concise description of presentation not to exceed 300 words
- Please submit above information to email@example.com by May 15, 2018
Looking for Meal Sponsors
In trying to stick to the cost neutral goal and to keep you all well fed we are looking for organizations to sponsor breaks or the ice breaker. If anyone has any questions or would like to be a sponsor, please contact us.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Use this link to receive the conference rate https://aws.passkey.com/e/49577349
The cut-off date for room reservations is July 10th or until they run out, whichever comes first!
As you are booking your hotel you can also reserve your ride to and from the airport. Here is the link for SuperShuttle: http://www.supershuttle.com
When making your reservation simply enter “DISCOUNT CODE” and you will received $6 off a round trip share ride service.
Pricing: $159 for single or doubleBook Your Stay