Vaccinating the Serengeti

Normally I use this space to tell you the amazing things Lincoln Park Zoo is doing at home and abroad, but this week I thought I would show you how the zoo makes a big difference a world away.

At our Annual Meeting in June, we shared a remarkable video about the zoo-led Serengeti Health Initiative. This conservation program vaccinates thousands of domestic dogs in Africa every year to prevent the spread of diseases like rabies and distemper to local people, pets and predators like African lions.

It’s a massive undertaking, but it’s one that’s had a big impact. Since vaccination began more than 10 years ago, there have been zero cases of rabies in the target areas. Here zoo scientist Anna Czupryna shares how the project works—and how she’s following up on the impact in the Serengeti.

If you want to learn more, Anna and Vice President of Conservation & Science Lisa Faust, Ph.D., will share their Serengeti experiences next week at a special Wine & Wildlife event. I encourage you to sign up for this inside look at zoo conservation, which will include plenty of stories about what it’s like to do research a world away.

Speaking of people who make a difference, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. This Friday is their annual fundraiser, Zoo Ball: Wild at Heart, presented by Guggenheim Partners, LLC.

Zoo Ball is always an amazing event—and one that raises vital funds for Chicago’s free zoo. I look forward to putting on my tuxedo and seeing what “wild” happenings co-chairs Jennifer Caruso, Charlotte Monhart and Vasiliki Weiden have planned for the evening.

Kevin Bell

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