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March 25, 2014
Family Planning for Puerto Rican Parrots

To help the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, I recently took my everyday scientific advising of animal populations from my Chicago office to the dense, green rainforests of Puerto Rico. My colleagues at Lincoln Park Zoo and I have been working with the dedicated staff at two aviaries in on the island since 2006, making a perfect match of our population management expertise and their husbandry skills.

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December 20, 2013
Chatting with the Cheyenne Community

For several years, Lincoln Park Zoo has worked with Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Tribe on black-footed ferret recovery efforts. Over those years, the zoo has expanded its relationship with the tribe to also incorporate science education and look at community health issues.

December 18, 2013
Community Health Close to Home

It’s always some kind of climate issue when I’m out in Montana. Last time it was a huge fire that burned hundreds of thousands of acres. This time it’s sub-zero temperatures. Brrrr!

December 12, 2013
Feral or Not?

For the last few years, Lincoln Park Zoo has been working with the Northern Cheyenne tribe in southeast Montana in an effort to restore the endangered black-footed ferret. One component of that study is to determine if the feral dog population poses any threats to ferrets as well as the health of the Northern Cheyenne people.

October 29, 2013
The Bats of Chicago

For the last couple years, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has spent some time listening to the skies. Because of this data, we now have a pretty good idea of who is flying around at night, chomping up all of the nighttime insects, from moths to mosquitoes.

September 27, 2013
How Should Humans Treat Animals?

The principles of natural selection make clear the fact that animals have adapted to particular environments. We’ve all heard how giraffes evolved long necks to reach the highest branches or how zebras evolved monochromatic stripes to confuse predators.

June 19, 2013
Snake, Rattle and Roll Call

Much like Chicagoans on the first warm Saturday of the year, each spring eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (“EMRs” for brevity) emerge from the holes in which they hibernate all winter. Like us, they’re ready for some sun and a good meal—in their case, to kick-start growth and reproduction for the year.

June 12, 2013
A Zoo Scientist Reflects on Her Career Path
June 7, 2013
Pet Chimps Will Relocate to Houston Zoo—Just in Time

Six chimpanzees currently living at a residence in Mechanicsville, Virginia, will find a new home at Houston Zoo later this year, thanks to long-running efforts by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE, Houston Zoo and Curtis and Bea Shepperson, the chimpanees’ current owners.

May 29, 2013
Damp But Not Deterred

The abundance of rainfall and flooding we’ve received in the Chicago metro area this spring has prompted a question among Urban Wildlife Institute (UWI) staff members: what on earth were we thinking when we decided to do fieldwork year-round?

Most wildlife research is conduct

May 23, 2013
Northern Exposure

This past winter, white-nose syndrome was confirmed in wild bat populations in southern Illinois. The fatal disease, first discovered in New York State in 2006, is caused by a fungus that infects hibernating bats. It has rapidly spread across the United States and Canada, expanding its range every year and resulting in the loss of more than 6 million bats so far.

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