Orangutan SSP Workshop

Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop
Cameron Park Zoo, Waco TX
October 19-23, 2020

Full Workshop Registration Fee: $200 per person
Daily Registration Fee: $75 per day
Advanced Husbandry Course: $200 per person (October 20) – No prerequisite (Open to all and all would benefit regardless of how long they have been in the field)

Register Online

Let’s showcase what you love at your facility, what is different, unique and exciting. We are asking that as many participants as possible make a poster for the workshop, to showcase the great things we have and do. Please fill out the abstract for posters and e-mail it to orangutan@wacotx.gov. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020

Poster Abstract Submission Form

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for presenting at the 2020 Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop.  Please fill out this abstract for presenting and e-mail it to orangutan@wacotx.gov.  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020.

Presentation Abstract Submission Form


Schedule of Events:

Monday, October 19th

  • SSP Steering Committee Meeting (Closed)

Tuesday, October 20th

  • Advanced Husbandry Course- City of Waco Operations Center – Meals Included
    Topics covered:

    • Problem solving with Susan Friedman
    • Hand-rearing and infant care
    • Social and behavioral management
    • Advanced veterinary
    • Public speaking
    • Advanced nutrition
    • Advanced training

Wednesday, October 21st

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Icebreaker at the Hilton (food and 2 drinks included, Additional drinks available for purchase)

Thursday, October 22nd

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Banquet and Silent Auction

Friday, October 23rd  Zoo Day

  •  Cardio Presentations
  • Orangutan Cardio Demonstrations
  • Animal Behavior Tabletop with Susan Friedman 

Keynote Speaker- Conservation- Jamartin Sihite
Dr. Jamartin Sihite is the CEO at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and President Director at Restoration Habitat of Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI). The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is an Indonesian non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Bornean orangutan and its habitat. The BOS Foundation is currently taking care of almost 750 orangutans with the support of 400 highly devoted staff. As CEO of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Dr. Sihite manages three orangutan reintroduction forests in Borneo, a 309,000-hectare peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan which provides habitat to over 2,500 wild orangutans, a network of orangutan pre-release islands, a long-term orangutan sanctuary at Salat Island and two rescue and rehabilitation centers at Samboja Lestari and Nyaru Meneng. Dr. Sihite was awarded the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation in 2019 and the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Ian Redmond Conservation Award in 2015 for his tireless efforts to protect Bornean orangutans and their habitats.

Keynote Speaker- Animal Behavior- Susan Friedman
Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan’s online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior), and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines. Her articles appear around the world in eleven languages. Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.


Hotel Information:

Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Dr.
(254) 754-8484
SSP Workshop Room Rates: $155 +tax
Book Your Room

If you are interested in sharing a room, please email your contact information to orangutan@wacotx.gov.  


Travel Information:
Waco is located 101 miles north of Austin-Berstrom International Airport (AUS) and 90 miles south of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Waco Regional Airport (ACT) is serviced by the following Airlines:

  • American Airlines/American Eagle, with connecting service to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW). You may make your reservations on American Airlines’ web site www.aa.com or you may call 1-800-433-1790. This phone number may also be used for bookings outside the United States.
    **Avoid the final flight into Waco as it is subject to cancellations. If your connecting flight is cancelled, you will be responsible for transportation from Dallas.

Getting to and from the Waco Regional Airport:

  • Cameron Park Zoo will provide shuttle service
  • Shuttle on demand from Waco Hilton- 254-754-8484
  • Waco Yellow Cab – (254) 349-2083
  •  Uber and Lyft operate in Waco

Renting a Car:

  • Avis 1-888-897-8448 Waco- (254)756-1921
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-6:30pm
    Sat. 10am-4pm
    Sun. 10am-6:30pm
  • Enterprise 254-755-8324
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-7pm
    Sat. 9:30am-3:30pm
    Sun. 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Hertz 1-800-654-3131 Waco: (254) 296-4153
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-9:30pm
    Sat. 10am-5pm
    Sun. 10am-6:30pm

Shuttle Service to and from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW):

Waco Streak (254) 772-0430
Daily scheduled airport shuttles to DFW. Charters to additional airports and locations as well as van and town car service are available.