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August 20, 2015
Swabbing for Stress

How do you know that Lincoln Park Zoo is making a difference for animal well-being? A positive sign is when one of your researchers earns an award from the Animal Welfare Institute.

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February 2, 2012
Opportunities to Educate

As you’re likely aware, Lincoln Park Zoo has been in the news lately. And both instances are opportunities to educate.

January 26, 2012
Chimpanzees in Commercials

It has come to my attention that Chicago-based company CareerBuilder will again use chimpanzees in advertisements during the SuperBowl this year. Just like last year, I am upset by this news and disappointed with those who have chosen to use chimpanzees—dressed like humans—for comedic effect.

January 19, 2012
Calls to Action, Accolades and Animals

I’m just back from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Directors’ Policy Conference in Miami. I’ll refrain from describing the weather down there—no need to rub it in—but I would like to recap the events at the conference.

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.

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