The agenda will be updated as papers are submitted and sessions are scheduled. Keep checking back for the updated schedule.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

9:00am-4:00pm Closed SSP meeting Boardroom A
4:00pm-5:00pm Open SSP meeting Boardroom A
3:00pm-5:00pm Registration/Info Table Salon A

Sunday, October 28, 2018

8:00am-5:00pm Registration/Info Table Foyer
9:00am-4:00pm Hose2Habitat Workshop Salon A
9:00am-4:00pm Closed SSP meeting Boardroom A
4:00pm-5:00pm Open SSP meeting Boardroom A
5:30pm-7:00pm Registration Summit 2
6:30am-9:30pm Welcome and Icebreaker Summit 2

Monday, October 29, 2018

7:30am-5:00pm Registration/Info Table Foyer
8:30am-8:45am Welcome and keynote intro Salon B and C
8:45am-9:25am Dr. Richard Bergl, Director of Conservation, Education and Science at the North Carolina Zoo  
9:25am-9:40am Break Foyer

Moderator: Hugh Bailey

9:40am-10:00am Promoting more effective conservation of wild western lowland gorillas by strengthening local livelihoods using a One Conservation approach in the Fernen-Vaz region of Gabon, central Africa. Nicholas Bachand, Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz
10:00am-10:20am Communicating with the Congo. Keith Zdrojewski, Dallas Zoo
10:20am-10:40am Saving Gorillas in the African Forest. Susan Lutter, Ape Action Africa
10:40am-11:00am PASA: A Unique alliance to protect gorillas in Africa. Gregg Tully, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
11:00am-11:10am Break

Moderator: Ron Evans

11:10am-11:30am Gorillas want to be where they're not. Ron Evans, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden  
11:30am-11:50am The road to the next pregnancy of the western lowland gorilla at Kyoto City Zoo. Saki Yusui, Kyoto City Zoo  
11:50am-12:10pm Gorillas at the Sedgwick County Zoo: The last 5 years! Danielle Decker, Sedgwick County Zoo  
12:10pm-12:30pm Lending a helping hand: Assist rearing a 7.5 month old western lowland gorilla. Dawn Kruger, Milwaukee County Zoo and Audra Meinelt, Columbus Zoo  
12:30pm-1:40pm Lunch Summit 2

Moderator: Aaron Jesue

1:40pm-2:00pm The Great Heart Project: The Power of Collaboration across institutions. Hayley Murphy, Zoo Atlanta
2:00pm-2:20pm Gorilla SAFE program. Kristen Lukas, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
2:20pm-2:30pm Film submissions
2:30pm-2:40pm Break

Moderator: Dr. Ed Ramsay

2:40pm-3:00pm Husbandry and management program modifications to accommodate a silverback gorilla with glaucoma and diabetes. Sabrina Squillari, WCS Bronx Zoo
3:00pm-3:20pm Back from the brink: Husbandry and social management of the gorilla diagnosed with eosinophilic meningitis. Kristen Otterson, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
3:20pm-3:40pm Let's get physical: Developing a comprehensive physical therapy program to manage acute and chronic medical conditions in non-human primates. Kristen Otterson, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
3:40pm-4:00pm Diagnosis and management of a significant leg injury in a bachelor gorilla. Stephanie Smith, Oklahoma City Zoo
4:00pm-4:15pm Break
4:15pm-5:30pm Panel Discussion: Keepers in Captive Gorilla Management Aaron Jesue

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

8:00am-5:00pm Registration Foyer
8:30am-8:40am Welcome and keynote intro Salon B and C
8:40am-9:20am Kristen Lukas, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International  
9:20am-9:40am Break  

Moderator: Jodi Carrigan

9:40am-10:00am Body conditioning chart, browse study results, World Gorilla Day. Jodi Carrigan, Zoo Atlanta  
10:00am-10:20am BaoBao, the less obvious choice. Martine Verhey, Apenheul  
10:20am-10:40am Science-based and character-driven: The stories behind “Gorillas Up Close” and “What is Baby Gorilla Doing?” Christena Nippert-Eng, Indiana University Bloomington, Dept of Informatics  
10:40am-11:00am Break and Book signing  
11:00am-12:30pm Gorilla Behavioral Advisory Group Problem Solving Workshop  
12:30pm-1:50pm Lunch Summit 2

Moderator: Racheal Daneault

2:00pm-2:20pm Aframomum everywhere- How different zoos are growing the “Grain of Paradise” for their apes, and why you should too. Michael Stern, Philadelphia Zoo
2:20pm-2:40pm diet journey: Trying to reduce R/R while providing a balanced diet and good welfare. Michele Green, Santa Barbara Zoo
2:40pm-3:00pm Tool-use as environmental enrichment for zoo-housed gorillas. Yumi Yamanashi, Kyoto City Zoo, Center for Research and Education of Wildlife
3:00pm-3:20pm Scale training gorillas using a hanging scale. Melissa Peterson, Memphis Zoo
3:20pm-3:40pm Creative Enrichment Collaboration Project- contributions for improving Behavioral Management. Sarah Villarreal, Dallas Zoo and Erin Jones, Utah’s Hogle Zoo
3:40pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:00pm Panel Discussion: Ask the SSP

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

8:00am-10:00am Registration/Info table Foyer
8:30am-8:40am Welcome and keynote intro Salon B and C
8:40am-9:20am Doug Cress, CEO, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums  
9:20am-9:30am Break  

Moderator: Michael Ogle

9:30am-9:50am Assessing the relationship between hormones and social group variation in the North American western lowland gorilla population. Austin Leeds, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
9:50am-10:10am Two teams, one goal: Keeper and research staff collaborate to build animal research into our husbandry routine. Leslie Lurz, Lincoln Park Zoo
10:10am-10:30am Impact of Altercations in group composition on bachelor group behavior. Kylen Gartland, University of Oregon
10:30am-10:40am Break

Moderator: Audra Meinelt

10:40am-11:00am Monitoring the behavior and stress physiology of four male gorillas during a bachelor group formation at Lincoln Park Zoo. Maureen Leahy, Lincoln Park Zoo  
11:00am-11:20am Successful integration of a young male gorilla into an established mixed-sex social group. Chris Goldston, North Carolina Zoological Park  
11:20am-11:40am The shaping of a silverback: The introduction of an inexperienced male at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Heidi Easton, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  
11:40am-11:50am Accouncements for Zoo Knoxville Trip  
12:15pm Meet for bus Lobby of Crowne Plaza
12:30pm Buses leave for Zoo Knoxville  
1:00pm Lunch - provided by Zoo LCCC
1:00pm-5:00pm Zoo Day, tour the zoo on your own  
1:00pm-5:00pm Meeting space provided LCCC
2:00, 3:00, 4:00 Great Ape bldg tours  
5:00pm-6:00pm Cocktail hour and silent auction  
6:00pm-8:00pm Banquet  
8:00pm Transport back to Crowne Plaza Zoo front gate

 Thursday, November 1, 2018

6:30am-8:30am Post trip to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Breakfast not included
6:00am-6:20am Meet for bus Lobby of Crowne Plaza
6:30am Bus leaves for Cincinnati Zoo  
4:30pm Bus leaves Cincinnati for Knoxville Entrance of Cincinnati Zoo
~8:30pm Arrive at Crowne Plaza Knoxville  

Additional Conference Opportunities

Pre-Workshop Event

Hose2Habitat Workshop

The Hose2Habitat team will bring fire hose, PVC and other materials to make enrichment. They'll show a LOT of pictures and videos of gorilla enrichment, and let the participants decide what they would like to make. Materials for puzzle feeders and other items will be provided that participants will be able to take back on a plane. We plan for it to be some engaging talk, lots of action, and totally fun!

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Post-Workshop Trip

Cincinnati Zoo

We are excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to visit AZA accredited Cincinnati Zoo, who plays an important role in the animal community.

Cincinnati Zoo just expanded their gorilla exhibit and indoor holding showcasing their 11 wonderful gorillas.

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Registration Information

IGW Full Registration

October 28-31, 2018


IGW Pre-workshop event - SOLD OUT

October 28, 2018


IGW Pre-workshop Icebreaker Only

October 28, 2018


IGW Day 1 Registration

October 29, 2018


IGW Day 2 Registration

October 30, 2018


IGW Day 3 Registration

October 31, 2018


IGW Post-workshop event

November 1, 2018