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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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December 15, 2014
Trees for Chimpanzees

I miss living in the forest. Every morning, vocalizing colobus monkeys provided my alarm clock, and I’d hear chimpanzees stirring among the trees. From my bedroom window I’d watch monkeys leap from branch to branch. I was without the comforts of home—running water, electricity, phone, refrigeration—but it was a small sacrifice for the opportunity to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

November 19, 2014
Close Up on Camera Traps

Dozens of “camera traps” in the Republic of Congo’s remote Goualougo Triangle let zoo scientists record how chimpanzees use tools in the wild.

November 6, 2014
Taking the Pledge to Protect Polar Bears

A month ago today I left the temperate Chicago fall weather (this was before that freak Halloween snow!) for a journey to the subarctic. I’m still trying to process the experience and make sense of the things I learned and saw while walking a mile or two in a polar bear’s steps.

October 15, 2014
Spotting Bears on the Tundra

This was the third day we’d spent on the tundra looking for polar bears. As I mentioned previously, we saw eight bears on our first day, but they were mostly far away. Yesterday, we were thrilled to get some closer images, including a mother and two cubs not 50 feet from us.

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 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.

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!

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