Cameron Park Zoo Interim Director Johnny Binder and Programs & Exhibits Curator Terri Cox were invited by the Chinese government to participate in the China National Orang-utan Workshop staged by the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens.
The workshop is being held at Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo in the city of Nanjing in Jiangsu province. Seven orangutan specialists from the United States were carefully selected by China based on their international reputations as world-leading orangutan experts.
Johnny and Terri contributed by writing a chapter for the Chinese language Orang-utan Husbandry Manual, which was released at the workshop and will be published by the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens.
The manual is the first ever official Chinese-language guide for the care and conservation of any non-endemic species. The two gave a presentation about successful exhibit design at the workshop.
The workshop is the culmination of six years of planning and preparation by Dr. Graham L. Banes, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and the management of Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo. This is the first major national workshop for any non-endemic species in China, and presents a major milestone in facilitating best practices for orangutan care and husbandry in China.
Source: Cameron Park Zoo