This August 25-28, the Orangutan SSP (Species Survival Plan) is bringing its international workshop to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Hosted by the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, the workshop will provide up-to-date information about the proper care and management of orangutans in a variety of settings.

Over 100 attendees are traveling to Fort Wayne from China, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and all across the U.S. to learn husbandry practices, training practices, conservation, birth management, vet & medical issues, and storytelling.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo bid on this conference and was selected due to their reputation, great meeting space, a great city to showcase, and an amazing zoo.

For more information, contact:

Kristen Guthrie, Visit Fort Wayne, 260-424-3700

Bonnie Kemp, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 260-427-6803

Formed in 1988, the Orangutan SSP is a group of dedicated professionals with five primary goals:

  • Ensuring the genetic and demographic health of the captive population
  • Advancing the care of captive orangutans
  • Engaging in research to help learn more about orangutans and their care
  • Educating the public about critical orangutan issues
  • Partnering with other organizations that seek to improve the lives of wild and captive orangutans


Visit Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to expand Fort Wayne's economy by attracting convention and leisure visitors. Each year, millions of dollars from visitor spending generate increased commerce, sustained jobs and enhancement of Fort Wayne's Image.

Media Contact:

Kristen Guthrie
Director of Marketing
Visit Fort Wayne
(260) 424-3700