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February 23, 2015
The Zoo Is Prepared for the Flu

This past year you couldn’t look at the news without reading about the recent Ebola virus outbreak. However, just a few years ago, the same could be said for bird flu. And as Ebola recedes from the news, bird flu has unfortunately made a resurgence with the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirming the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Washington and Oregon.

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October 14, 2014
Teaming Up for Red Wolves

As summer gave way to fall at the end of September, I headed south to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a few of my colleagues from Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation and Science Department. And while the weather was absolutely gorgeous for our week in the Tar Heel State, we weren’t there to relax on the beach. No, we were there to do science to support conservation!

October 9, 2014
What Kind of Squirrel Is That?

The chances you’ve come across a photo of a squirrel in five minutes or less on Chicago Wildlife Watch is astronomical. This makes some sense, as squirrels are the most photographed species throughout our survey.

October 8, 2014
Fellowship on the Tundra

It turns out getting to Churchill, Manitoba, is a remarkably challenging process. You literally cannot drive here, so your two options are to take the train or fly. The train sounds picturesque, and I’m sure it is, but it will take you 52 hours to make the trip!

October 3, 2014
Bound for Polar Bear Town

I’m not the kind of girl who owns long underwear. Considering I’ve spent most of my career teaching children and families about nature, it’s kind of ironic that I don’t spend more time outdoors. But I’ve recently bought my first set of “base layer” clothing (the updated version of long underwear) in anticipation of my upcoming journey to polar bear town: Churchill, Manitoba.

October 2, 2014
Field Work in the City

When you think of an ecologist or biologist working in the field, your mind summons up images of expansive and remote natural environments, far from even the smallest town, Wi-Fi signal or coffee shop. You think of the days of travel it takes to get there, logistics, bug spray and how bright the stars must be without all that light pollution.

September 28, 2014
Help Fight Rabies a World Away
September 24, 2014
World Rabies Day - Serengeti

With World Rabies Day happening on September 28, researcher Anna Czupryna gives an overview of how the zoo is fighting the disease halfway across the world.

September 7, 2014
Serengeti Initiative Update

Summer is nearly over and we at the Serengeti Health Initiative have enjoyed our own “dog days of summer.” We’ve vaccinated over 27,000 dogs for rabies, distemper and parvovirus so far this year and there are still plenty more to go!

August 27, 2014
A Community Census

Back to Montana

I recently traveled to Montana with Mary Beth Manjerovic to continue our partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community.

August 27, 2014
Northern Cheyenne Dogs Days of Summer

Back in December, we ventured to southeast Montana to get a better idea of the free-roaming dog population wandering the streets of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.

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