Lincoln Park Zoo has a rich history as a science-based organization. Science informs and enhances virtually every aspect of our institution: animal care and welfare, management of zoo populations, field conservation work, learning programs, visitor experience, brand marketing…the list goes on and on. Our vision over the next 75 years is to inspire communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. That doesn’t happen without scientific bona fides that engender trust and collaboration.
So I’m proud to announce that Lincoln Park Zoo is an official partner with the March for Science taking place in Grant Park this Saturday, April 22. We feel it’s important to speak up and be a positive voice for how science enriches and affects all of our lives, and how science-based approaches to decision-making across society improve outcomes. Of course, we stand up for science every day of the year, but the zoo’s focus on environmental science has even more resonance on April 22. Happy Earth Day, everyone! You can learn more about how the zoo is using science to orchestrate harmonious habitats for people and wildlife—from Chicago to the Serengeti—in the latest issue of Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine.
Lincoln Park Zoo fully supports the mission of the March for Science gatherings happening in cities around the world. We support the scientific community, safeguard the value and funding of the scientific process, celebrate the role of science in society, and encourage scientific curiosity and exploration.
Chicago’s March for Science includes a rally at 10 a.m., march at 11 a.m. and an expo from noon to 3 p.m. Visit the March for Science Chicago website for details.
You may see some of the zoo’s staff marching, and we’ll have a table at the expo highlighting our Urban Wildlife Institute’s biodiversity-monitoring work and how people can contribute to this expanding program that’s creating wildlife-friendly cities across the country.
Our commitment to science-based community engagement beyond our borders is only going to grow stronger. It’s not by accident that Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation and Science Department, founded 28 years ago, has steadily expanded over the past three decades to help position the zoo as a global leader in providing applied-science expertise to community-based conservation partnerships.
Lisa Faust, Ph.D., the zoo’s Vice President of Conservation and Science, puts it this way: “Science is at the center of everything we do at Lincoln Park Zoo,” says Lisa, “whether it’s using scientific methods to measure the welfare of animals in our care, ensuring the long-term viability of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake in Illinois, or helping to develop sustainable logging practices to protect chimpanzee and gorilla populations in the Republic of Congo. We know that science helps us save wildlife—and are proud to showcase that at the March for Science.”
Stop by our table at the expo and we’ll tell you all about it.