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August 28, 2014
A King-Sized Celebration

Lincoln Park Zoo observed a big milestone this week as baby black rhino King celebrated his first birthday on August 26.

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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.

May 19, 2011
Tracking Turtles

 

This week our Director of the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology Joanne Earnhardt, Ph.D., was in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge near Savanna, Illinois, tracking ornate box turtles.
 
With the help of several turtle-sniffing dogs, scientists and a team of volunteers combed a sand-prairie habitat that is slated for heavy development. Any turtles that are found this week will be collected, registered, radio-tagged and released into a protected area.
 
This is the first year Lincoln Park Zoo is participating in this project, lending our scientific expertise while learning more about ornate box turtles, which occupy increasingly shrinking portions of our state. This threatened species requires sand-prairie habitat to thrive. As only a small percentage of these regions remain in Illinois (lost to industry and agriculture), the spaces for ornate box turtles to live are small.
 
Efforts like these are critical. This project is another example of our field conservation initiatives, which range from work performed here in Illinois to exotic locales like Gombe and the Serengeti.
 
Finally, to celebrate Endangered Species Day tomorrow, zoo educators will be on the Main Mall to discuss the zoo’s rarest species, while scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will share how they’ve partnered with the zoo to save animals. I hope you can stop by.
 
As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Sincerely,
Kevin Bell
May 12, 2011
An Award and a Thank You

I am happy to announce that Lincoln Park Zoo received special recognition from our friends at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. We were named Community Contributor of the Year, citing our significant contribution to the neighborhood with the opening of Nature Boardwalk.

May 6, 2011
Hatched in the City, Taking Flight in the Wild
In each of the past few years we have proudly announced the transfer of trumpeter swans hatched at Lincoln Park Zoo to the wilds of Iowa. We won’t be making such an announcement this year, and that’s a good thing.
 
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