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April 14, 2014
Thrill of Birth, Agony of Loss

Even after two decades at the zoo’s helm, I’m continually impressed by our animal care team’s commitment to wildlife and the living creatures who reside here. They’re some of the most passionate, dedicated and selfless people I’ve ever known.

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September 8, 2011
A Living Classroom

As any parents out there are well aware, it’s back-to-school time. My boys are entering third and fifth grades and I grow more proud of them each day.

Here at Lincoln Park Zoo—this living, breathing, roaring classroom—our education initiatives continue in earnest.

September 1, 2011
Reconsidering Chimpanzees

We received some great news this morning. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that they are evaluating a petition to list chimpanzees living in the U.S. as an endangered species. Should this classification be changed, the treatment of pet, entertainment and laboratory chimpanzees would be analyzed through a conservation science lens.

August 25, 2011
Trading Takins

If you have visited the Antelope & Zebra Area in recent days you may have spotted a lone Sichuan takin exploring his yard. This five-year-old male recently transferred from Alabama’s Montgomery Zoo to complement our herd of three females and one other male slated for transfer, as he is related to the females.

August 12, 2011
Blooming Flowers and (Potentially) Breeding Rhinos

While I am always awed by the vast array of wildlife on my morning walk through Lincoln Park Zoo’s grounds, there’s something special about my summer strolls, when the plant life bursts with enough color and life to rival the grandeur in our animal collection.

August 4, 2011
Kudos to Zoo Educators!

Kudos to zoo educators! I am happy to announce that Lincoln Park Zoo was recently awarded two significant national grants to support science education locally and abroad. 

July 22, 2011
How Animals Beat the Heat

I don’t have to tell you that it’s hot out there. With temperatures hovering in the mid 90s this week, most of us have been seeking the comfort of air conditioning.

July 14, 2011
Zoo Ball Memories and Thank Yous

It’s been about a week since Zoo Ball 2011 and the fond memories are still fresh. Nearly a 1,000 guests joined us at Hollywood & Vines on the zoo’s Main Mall, where we dined, danced and had a blast while raising some $1.1 million for Lincoln Park Zoo’s animals and programs.

July 7, 2011
Blooming Grounds

I take a stroll around Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo each day before work. It helps me start my day and get my mind prepared for the tasks ahead. It’s always a beautiful place for a walk, but right now Nature Boardwalk is as gorgeous as I’ve ever seen it.

June 30, 2011
Science, Play and a Look Back
While Lincoln Park Zoo is a wild playground for visitors (including the thousands of members who came out to play during our recent SuperZooPicnic), we are also a world leader in the field of scientific animal studies.
 
This month, our Director of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., co-published a study in the Journal of General and Comparative Endocrinology. The scientists’ work focused on the relationship between animal enrichment and animal stress.
June 17, 2011
Campers, Picnickers and a Daddy Stork

While Lincoln Park Zoo is always filled with jubilant children, the start of our Conservation Camp each summer is a special time. Kids wearing matching T-shirts flood into the zoo each morning, eager to engage their minds and plunge their hands into each  day’s activities. My boys are always excited to tell me about their adventures at Conservation Camp, just as I am to hear their stories.

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