Posts from the President

Latest Story

September 25, 2014
Chimpanzee Cues

Spend some time watching Hank’s group at Regenstein Center for African Apes, and you’ll see that the social life of a chimpanzee is some pretty complex business.

All Stories

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.

June 9, 2011
Busy Days and Bright Minds

As summer ramps up around Chicago, we at Lincoln Park Zoo are getting busier, too. This week we welcomed a group of our social media followers to try out the Patio at Café Brauer. I’d like to welcome everyone to visit this spot—the most scenic bar in Chicago—and experience a lovely a new complement to our grounds. (I also recommend the steak tacos. Very tasty.)

June 9, 2011
Busy Days and Bright Minds

 

As summer ramps up around Chicago, we at Lincoln Park Zoo are getting busier, too. This week we welcomed a group of our social media followers to try out the Patio at Café Brauer. I’d like to welcome everyone to visit this spot—the most scenic bar in Chicago—and experience a lovely a new complement to our grounds. (I also recommend the steak tacos. Very tasty.)
 
On the scientific front, Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Ph.D., director of our Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, wrapped up a field project this week in Gombe, where she’s continuing the work of Jane Goodall in studying the chimpanzees that inhabit this verdant region. See her fascinating field diaries here: http://bit.ly/lVmTnq
 
Finally, I am helping my sons get ready to start Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Camp next week. They’re excited about learning and playing in our living classroom and I couldn’t be prouder to see them here, immersed in the wonders of wildlife.
 
I’ll have more on Elizabeth Lonsdorf’s work and Conservation Camp in forthcoming posts. Until then, I’ll keep you posted.
 
Sincerely,
Kevin Bell 
June 3, 2011
Engaging Adult Minds

I’m glad to see that we had a great turnout last night for our Wine & Wildlife program, which focused on the zoo’s urban-wildlife studies. Guests sipped wine while learning about the impacts that the increased prevalence of species such as coyotes, deer and raccoons are having on our urban landscape.

May 24, 2011
Good Times, Good People at Zoo-ologie

As a guest of Saturday’s Zoo-ologie event at Lincoln Park Zoo, I have to say I had a great time. The music was lively, the food was tasty and the people were fun. As President of Lincoln Park Zoo, I would like to to express my gratitude to the Auxiliary Board, who made this the best spring event in recent memory.

Syndicate content