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September 18, 2014
Sharing Care

Everyone who comes to the zoo likes to watch animals. It’s fun to get a glimpse of the wild, whether you’re seeing African lions survey their domain or observing the complex social dynamics of Hank’s chimpanzee group.

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January 12, 2012
Notes from Miami

Greetings from Miami, where I am at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Directors' Policy Conference. (It's much warmer here than in Chicago. I apologize.) 

January 5, 2012
Looking Back, Moving Forward

First, a look back. 2011 was a great year for Lincoln Park Zoo, capped off with a record-setting season of ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. We welcomed more than 365,000 visitors to ZooLights, thanks to mild weather, fun new features and the simple appeal of strolling the zoo illuminated by more than 2 million lights. 

December 15, 2011
Wild in Winter

Winter is taking its time arriving in Chicago, and that’s fine with me—our unseasonably mild temps have been pleasant. Of course, the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo are prepared for the first snowstorm to hit, as are the landscaping crews who make our grounds beautiful and accessible when the white stuff falls.

December 8, 2011
Wild Digital Wonder

As president of Lincoln Park Zoo, I take great pride in seeing people celebrate the zoo the same way I do each day. And each holiday season, we celebrate during crisp winter nights with ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One.

December 2, 2011
Chimps Should Be Chimps

I am happy to announce the launch of Chimps Should Be Chimps, a new app developed by our Assistant Director of the Fisher Center Steve Ross, Ph.D., and Manning Productions. The interactive story prompts readers to follow the story of two chimpanzees, Lulu and Poe, who learn about being true to their nature.

November 17, 2011
The Western Black Rhinoceros

As you might have seen, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last week officially declared the western black rhinoceros extinct, just weeks after the Javan rhino was listed extinct. This is troubling news.

November 10, 2011
Accolades and a Polar Bear Update

Last week I mentioned the Distinguished Building Award granted Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

November 3, 2011
Goodbye to a Zoo Friend

I’d like to begin this post by acknowledging the loss of a great friend of the zoo. Robert Pritzker, who passed away last week, served on the Lincoln Park Zoo Board of Directors and, together with his family, created the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. While he will be missed, Bob’s legacy lives on within the joyful facility that bears his name.

October 27, 2011
New Life

Perhaps the only thing cuter than a Bolivian gray titi monkey is a titi monkey newborn, like the one that has been causing guests at the Helen Brach Primate House to gush since it arrived earlier this month.

October 20, 2011
A Preventable Tragedy in Ohio

I’ve been following the news about the exotic animal release—and subsequent killing—in Ohio this week. It’s a tragedy, compounded by the fact that it should never have happened.

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