International Pangolin Symposium
Brookfield Zoo
August 22-25, 2018

The 2018 International Symposium on Pangolin Care and Conservation will convene experts in Asian and African Species of Pangolin to explore the value of integrative research to save Pangolin species. We welcome individuals who have directly cared for, studied, or are active in pangolin conservation programs. We also welcome experts who are directly involved in pangolin policy at a national, regional, or international level. You can also find out more at Pangolin Consortium.

Registration Deadline: August 15



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Will you be joining us for the Icebreaker Aug. 22?

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Please note: Shuttle is only available to registered hotel guests at the Doubletree Oak Brook
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2. Symposium FEE

Registration is $350

Registration Deadline: August 15


Pay Your Registration Fee

Registration includes full Symposium schedule, icebreaker, social event, film viewing, mid-day meal and snacks, daily shuttle from Double Tree hotel to symposium. Registration includes proceedings of abstracts submitted and other relevant materials.  Registration does not include breakfast or dinner.

Symposium SCHEDULE

August 22

Participants arrive, Evening icebreaker

August 23

8:45 am– 12 noon

  • Introductions
  • Scientific program wild emphasis
  • Keynote speaker

1–5 pm

  • Facilitated discussion on high conservation and in-situ/range country research priorities
  • Discussion topics: What are current efforts to combat wildlife trafficking? Where and how can science (i.e., genetic markers) be utilized? 

6 pm

  • Social opportunity, Pangolin film viewing (subject to change)

August 24

8:45 am – 12 noon

  • Scientific program captive emphasis

1– 5 pm

  • Facilitated discussion on priorities for captive populations
  • Discussion topics: How can captive population impact conservation?

August 25

  • Symposium wrap-up
  • Meeting of Pangolin Consortium Members
  • Zoo Tours

We invite experts who have directly cared for, studied, or are active in pangolin conservation programs to submit a science-based abstract for presentation at the symposium. We also welcome submissions from those who are directly involved in pangolin policy at a national, regional, or international level.  Abstracts with emphasis on scientific research, policy, animal care, health/disease, and conservation planning are preferred, but submissions detailing all aspects of pangolin care and management are encouraged.   

Abstract Submission Form

Abstract deadline is June 1, 2018



- Room rates of $119 for double or standard King room. Parking is free.

- The hotel is adjacent to Oakbrook Center which has over 20 full service dining options in addition to the onsite restaurant.

- A daily shuttle service will transport guests from the hotel to the Brookfield Zoo for the symposium is included in registration fee.

Getting to and from the airports:
Visit for information on getting from the airports to the Hotel. Some options are listed below.
Midway (MDW) and O’hare (ORD) are the recommended airports

Shuttle service

Go Airport Express
Go Airport Express offers door-to-door service to and from Midway from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Departures are about every 15 minutes. Please call Go Airport Express directly for specific departure information.
To contact Go Airport Express, call 773-247-1200 or 888-284-3826, or visit
Approximately $35 each way

For Our international guests


Brookfield Zoo is situated on 216 acres and is visited by over 2 million people annually.  Currently Brookfield Zoo holds close to 500 species and subspecies of animals, with over 4800 specimens, including invertebrates.

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world.  Brookfield Zoo was the first U.S. zoo to exhibit giant pandas, a species exhibited from 1937 to 1953.  Brookfield Zoo was also the first zoo in the U.S. to have a dedicated building for Australian animals.  When Tropic World, which exhibits primates from three continents, opened in 1982, it was the largest zoo building in the world and was one of the first indoor mixed species exhibits.

Brookfield Zoo is located just 14 miles from downtown Chicago.  “The Windy City” is the third most populous city in the U.S.  The greater Chicago area is home to over 10 million residents.

Chicago was incorporated in 1837. The city is ideally located on the southwestern edge of Lake Michigan which allowed it to quickly become a hub for inland transportation as the nation expanded westward throughout the 1800s. Even today, 50% of U.S. rail freight passes through Chicago.

The city burned to the ground in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 but quickly rebuilt and hosted the World’s Colombian Exposition in 1893.  In 1884 Chicago became home to the nation’s first skyscraper, a ten story, steel-framed building that was taken down in the 1930s. Today, Chicago is home to over 1,200 high-rise buildings, 107 of which stand taller than 500 feet. The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is the second tallest building in the western hemisphere.

In addition to our top-notch architecture, Chicago boasts world-renown museums and cultural attractions, including the Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Navy Pier. Chicago is home to professional football, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball teams.  Michael Jordan, Oprah, the Belushi brothers, Al Capone and many others have all called Chicago home. 

Downtown Chicago sits just blocks from the beautiful Lake Michigan. The city has 28 miles of lakefront shoreline that is primarily used as parkland.  24 beaches, miles of jogging paths, and dozens of parks allow residents to get outside and active within city limits.