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November 20, 2015
Sustainable Logging and Great Ape Conservation

Can sustainable logging save the apes Lincoln Park Zoo scientists study in the Republic of Congo's remote Goualougo Triangle? Al Jazeera English reports from the field.

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October 1, 2015
From the Lab to the Reservation

The critically endangered black-footed ferret was rescued from extinction in the mid-1980s with removal of the last 18 individuals from the wild.

July 15, 2015
The Future of Urban Wildlife

Why do scientists have conferences?

It’s not a trick question. It’s fun to get away from our own field sites for a while, sure, but for the most part, we hope, that isn’t why we do it. And it’s not because we love giving PowerPoint presentations or making posters (though some of us do).

July 6, 2015
A Spotlight on Black-Footed Ferrets

Route 66 is a famous roadway that starts at Chicago and goes across the United States, ending in Los Angeles. Well, what most people do not know is that Route 66 crosses over the habitat of one of the world’s rarest mammals, the black-footed ferret.

June 3, 2015
Springing In to Help Rattlesnakes

Annual spring migrations are an exciting time of year for those of us in the Midwest. It’s the moment when we realize that winter is hopefully behind us and summer is quickly approaching. Birds start migrating from the south, frogs reappear from their winter hideaways, shovels begin their migration back to the shed and rattlesnakes emerge from their hibernacula in southwest Michigan…the last of which excites some folks at Lincoln Park Zoo the most!

April 21, 2015
Helping Hyenas

Time for a nap? Scientist Anna Czupryna shares this shot of hyenas cooling off in Serengeti National Park. A Lincoln Park Zoo-led vaccination campaign protects these predators from diseases like rabies and distemper.

March 26, 2015
Post from the President--Working for a Reward

Chimpanzees will "work" a little harder for a special reward, zoo scientists have found. But how do gorillas respond to a token-exchange system? President and CEO Kevin Bell has the details.

March 25, 2015
Nine Primates Move to Chicago
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.

February 2, 2015
Measuring the Lives of Mountain Gorillas

Wild animals often face significant challenges that zoo animals’ carefully managed lives make them immune to. In addition to securing food every day, finding shelter from the elements and protecting themselves from predators, they have to navigate the stress of changes in their social groups—changes that, in the wild, can have deadly consequences.

December 17, 2014
Tag, You're It!

Since the launch of Chicago Wildlife Watch, almost 250,000 tags have been committed to the first season of available data. This is a huge amount of information, and Urban Wildlife Institute researchers thought it was about time to start visualizing it! As a first pass, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at what people have been tagging.

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