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July 24, 2014
Growing Before Our Eyes

We’re seeing a lot of changes with the zoo’s new arrivals this summer, although “changes” obviously means different things for different species.

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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.

October 13, 2011
Back Stateside with a Colorful Report

I’ m back in Chicago after my trip to Prague for the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) annual conference, which was fantastic. I learned a great deal while strengthening bonds with other zoos. What  stands out are the similarities between problems facing WAZA institutions and those in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums—collection sustainability, leadership and working with governments to ease regulations on animal transfers.

October 6, 2011
More Notes from Prague...And a Bears Bet

Hello from Prague, where I'm attending the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums annual conference. We’ve been focusing on species sustainability, improving animal welfare in zoos around the world and developing new conservation initiatives. I am also picking up some interesting ideas on exhibit design from European zoos, many of which are doing some exciting, progressive things.

September 29, 2011
Ahoj...I'm Off to Prague

Ahoj! That’s one of the ways they greet one another in Prague, where I’m heading next week to attend the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) annual conference. My enthusiasm for the trip is bolstered by the fact that I was recently named to the WAZA board of directors, joining two other representatives of North American zoological institutions. 

September 22, 2011
Penguin News & Stamp Support

You may have heard news that Lincoln Park Zoo is closing the Kovler Penguin-Seabird House. I'd like to provide you my perspective. The creation of this house was my first major exhibit project at the zoo 30 years ago when I was curator of birds. While it is hard to believe 30 years have passed so quickly, I can honestly say I’m just as excited today about our plans for creating the next great state-of-the-art animal habitat in that space as I was several decades ago when we laid the groundwork for the penguin house. Today we are working to set the path for the next couple decades ahead. We are fleshing out a lot of great ideas and concepts that I think will excite our members and supporters. Lincoln Park Zoo has exciting plans ahead.

September 15, 2011
Checking in from Atlanta
Greetings from Atlanta, where I'm attending the annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). While it's always fun and informative to meet with peers from other zoos around the nation, these conferences are always hectic. Seminars and workshops fill my days and meetings fill my nights. But it's always worth it, particularly knowing that experts from Lincoln Park Zoo are making 30 presentations at this conference. 
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