New Arrivals, New Plans
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 12:00pm
We’re happily busy with new arrivals these days. The white-cheeked gibbon born last week grows more visible each day at the Helen Brach Primate House. Nearby at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, we’re now exhibiting a nest of smooth green snakes. These small green beauties are a lot of fun to observe as they slither through their leafy exhibit gobbling insects.
This week we hosted meetings with the United States Department of Agriculture regarding the Zoo Animal Health Network. We’ve been discussing disease prevention with exotic species.
Additionally, Lincoln Park Zoo animal-care staff and population-biology experts are meeting with officials from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this week to discuss a collaboration regarding ornate box turtles, a local species recently listed as threatened. We’re discussing strategies to bolster this dwindling population.
As always, I’ll keep you posted.