This week offered good reminders that conservation takes place at every scale, from global to local. The big picture was highlighted in a Monday visit from Congressman Mike Quigley, who met with zoo experts as part of a “Chicago Climate” tour of local environmental organizations.
If Chicagoans from 1910 visited the zoo today, they wouldn’t find much to recognize. A few buildings remain—Carlson Cottage, Café Brauer, the McCormick Bird House—but the zoo of that era has been transformed and modernized, much like the city around it.
When it comes to working with wildlife, zoos and aquariums have a broader reach than at any time in their history. Conservation that was once limited to an institution’s walls now spans the globe, bringing together experts from the world’s wildest places.
As you may know, I first came to Lincoln Park Zoo to be curator of birds in 1976. So while my current role extends to every part of the zoo, I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for the Bird Department.
Baby gorilla Nayembi continues to meet welcome milestones in recovering from last month’s injury. The latest saw her return to Regenstein Center for African Apes, where she’s healing behind the scenes within full view of her family group.