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November 25, 2014
The Season in Lights

This Friday, November 28, we’ll celebrate one of my favorite signs of the season: flipping the on switch for this year’s ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank.

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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. 
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.

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