October 1-4, 2017 at Audubon Zoo.

The 2017 Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop will be hosted by Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • SSP Meetings (closed): Sunday, October 1, 2017
  • SSP Workshop: Monday, October 2, 2017 through Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  • Post Workshop Trip: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Learn more about the Orangutan Species Survival Plan and their upcoming workshops.

Orangutan SSP

Steering Committee Meetings (Closed)
Sunday, October 1, 2017


Sunday, October 1


Hampton Inn Convention Center Lobby

Please bring your silent auction item(s) if you haven’t sent them through already. If you are arriving after registration ends, please let us know.


Sunday, October 1


The Rusty Nail, 100 Constance St, New Orleans
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Dinner provided, buy your drinks at the bar. This place has one of the best patios in New Orleans and is three and half blocks from the hotel! The Rusty Nail wanted to help raise money for orangutan conservation so they created a signature cocktail. $1 from each of these fine concoctions will go towards orangutan conservation during the week of the workshop.

SSP Workshop
Monday, October 2, 2017 through Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Registration: $200 includes icebreaker, breaks, lunches, and a good ol’ party in the Swamp to close out the workshop!

Programs will NOT be printed. A PDF will be available online which you can either print before you arrive or pull it up on your phone.

Going Green
- Please bring your own (BYO) water bottles, pens, and notebooks. These items will NOT be provided. Water will be provided, but will need your own vessels.
- There will be a little swag, but NO BAG.

Access to Audubon Facilities

You all will have free admission to our three amazing facilities: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Your name badge is your admit ticket from October 2-8. If you are coming into town sooner and want to visit, please email us.


Buses will take you each day to and from the Zoo. They will arrive at the hotel at 7:45am and leave at 8:00am. 

Zoo Time

We have scheduled extended lunch breaks each day for visiting our beautiful Zoo and enjoying special activities to learn what we’re all about.

If you have questions about travel, your registration or this event please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheryl Knott is a biological anthropologist who conducts research on wild orangutans in Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University, where she also served as an Associate Professor until 2008, when she joined the faculty at Boston University. Dr. Knott has been studying wild orangutans in Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park, on the island of Borneo, since 1992.  She is the founder and director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project, one of the longest running primate research projects in the world.  Her work reveals how orangutan adaptations, such as the longest inter-birth interval of any mammal and the evolution of two adult male morphs, are shaped by their ecology.  She pioneered the use of non-invasive techniques to measure orangutan hormones, caloric intake and physiology in the wild.  In 2000, she co-founded the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project which works to protect this critically endangered species, and their rain forest habitat, through education, public awareness campaigns, population and habitat censuses, sustainable livelihood development, establishment of village-run customary forests, investigation of the illegal pet trade and active engagement with Indonesian government organizations. Dr. Knott is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, has published over 50 scientific articles, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research and teaching.  She collaborates with her husband, National Geographic photographer Tim Laman, on creating popular books, articles and films on orangutans to help the public develop a greater appreciation for these magnificent animals.


Hampton Inn & Suites - New Orleans Convention Center

  • We cannot stress enough to book your room before June 30th to reserve a room. The hotel will start cutting our room block if it is not filled. Finding a hotel room in October in New Orleans will be difficult and more expensive.
  • $169/night or $219/night for a quad room. Price includes breakfast
  • Please book your reservations by calling 1-866-311-1200 and requesting the group Association of Zoos & Aquariums/Orangutan SSP Workshop (coded AZA in our system) and the dates or book online through the Hampton Inn website.
  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and made no later than August 31, 2017.

Travel Tips

  • The best way to get to New Orleans is to fly into Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY).
  • Hampton Inn & Suites does not have shuttle service to and from the airport, BUT there are many options to use to get to the hotel such as: Super Shuttle (https://booking.supershuttle.com/), Uber, and taxi services with cabs outside the terminal.
  • Shuttles to and from Audubon Zoo and the hotel will be provided during the workshop at the beginning and end of the day. After workshop activities can be covered by the historical New Orleans streetcars, buses, Uber, or taxi services.
  • If you have travel questions, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For something a little different from what the usual post workshops offer, we invite you to participate in some conservation efforts here in Louisiana. It will give you a chance to help restore our wetlands, which ultimately helps the planet. Our environment here is like no other and we cannot wait for you to be able to experience the mysterious beauty of our swamps and wetlands.

If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty to help plant some trees, this experience is for you! We are all in this profession to help save species.  Many of us always say we want to get more involved to help…October 5th is your chance to make a difference!

We will be working with The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CLCR), who work closely with other organizations to restore the wetlands in many ways from planting trees and grasses to restoring oyster beds with recycled oyster shells. Not only do your efforts help CRCL in a tremendous way, but by planting in this area of new land, you will help increase soil retention and promote more land growth!

Details of the trip are being finalized as the salinity of the water will determine which planting site we will be supporting. CLCR will provide gloves, boots, and tools so no need to pack these items in your suitcase! All you will need is some comfortable clothing that can get dirty. 

Here’s a snapshot of what the day may look like:

  • Depart New Orleans at 7:45am
  • Arrive at the boat launch at 9:00am
  • Introductions/registration at 9:30am
  • Airboats/boats to planting site
  • Snacks, plant trees, lunch, plant trees until 3:00 or 4:00pm
  • Buses leave to return to New Orleans

What to Pack

It’s been in the low 90’s all week, so plan to dress for this lovely hot, humid climate. Pack a long sleeve item for sitting in the air conditioning and bring it with you to the workshop.
  • Wear good walking shoes, our sidewalks and streets have “character”.

What to Do

  • We rarely use North, South, East, or West for directions. Instead we use Lakeside, Riverside, Uptown, and Downtown to give directions.
  • Take in some music at one of the many venues on Frenchmen Street. Take an Uber, it's a long walk and the far end of the French Quarter can be questionable.
  • Window shop (or really shop) down Royal Street in the French Quarter or Magazine Street in Uptown.
  • Make sure you walk around in groups, never walk alone. New Orleans is a proper city and you shouldn’t do that anywhere in a big city for safety.
  • Ride the historic Streetcar down St. Charles Avenue. It takes you through beautiful neighborhoods and it's really relaxing. It is $1.25 to ride and make sure you have exact change.
  • Take in the street art and entertainment or get your palm read in Jackson Square.
  • See Bourbon street for the experience—dance in the streets, dip into a dueling piano bar and sing along, drink an obnoxiously large sugary beverage (Hurricane from Pat O'Brian's, Hand Grenade from Tropical Isle, Resurrection from Spirits, A Purple drink from Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop or from one of the many daiquiri shops) but ONLY ONE otherwise you'll be hurting in the morning.
  • Don't pick up beads off the ground, only tourists do that.
  • Enjoy the freedom of walking down the streets with a drink in hand while taking in the city.  YES, this is the normal thing here. There are “Go cups” at most doors before you leave.
  • Check out the city from one of the rooftop bars: the Ponchartrain Hotel, Ace Hotel, Monkey Board, NOPSI Hotel.
  • Enjoy a cup of chicory coffee and beignets (BEN-Yays) from Café du Monde.
  • It’s HUMID, drink lots of water.


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