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August 7, 2014
Stretching into the Sky

If you’ve made your way through the heart of the zoo lately, you may have noticed that Regenstein Macaque Forest is starting to look like a real exhibit!

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April 7, 2011
Wild Rhinos & Chicago Scientists
I’m troubled by recent reports that African rhinos are falling prey to poachers in increasing numbers over the past few years. Organized crime rings slaughter the animals for their horns, which are sold in Southeast Asian medicinal markets.
March 31, 2011
Nature Boardwalk, Layover Location

While the thermometer is slow to realize that spring has started, birds have begun their northern migrations to warm-weather destinations. And just as they do on their southbound trips, many species use the pond at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo as a layover location.

March 24, 2011
Notes from the Midyear Meeting

I am writing from the midyear meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in Chattanooga, where we’re focusing on research and species sustainability. We’re also discussing our ongoing assistance to zoos and aquariums in Japan.

March 17, 2011
Zoos Bond in Times of Crisis

We all direct our sympathies to Japan.

March 10, 2011
Communicating Our Core Messages
I’ve been busy lately overseeing not only animal care but also the administrative elements of my job. On Tuesday we participated in the 13th Annual Museum Day in Springfield, when representatives from museums, zoos and aquariums statewide discussed the value of our institutions with Illinois legislators.
March 3, 2011
Bright Grounds, Student Scientists & Big Cats

While the creatures that hiss, howl and hoot are the wild centerpieces at Lincoln Park Zoo, the silent life forms—flowers, plants and trees—are a beautiful backdrop. And with spring just around the corner (honest), our gardening efforts are ramping up.

February 24, 2011
New Arrivals and a 90th Birthday Party

New arrivals at the zoo are always exciting, particularly when they highlight the varied ways that a zoo collection can grow. In recent days we’ve welcomed two new arrivals in two different fashions.

February 17, 2011
Warm Weather & Birthday Wishes

How about this weather! As the thermometer registered spring temperatures today, the animals took full advantage. The polar bear was swimming, flamingos were flapping their wings and chimpanzees and gorillas explored their outdoor yards. Tomorrow is also supposed to be unseasonably mild—join us to see who else is out and about.

February 10, 2011
Chimps In Commercials & The Zoo In The Community

Despite repeated efforts to communicate the damage caused by using chimpanzees for comedic effect in advertising, Career Builder again chose to run a commercial featuring chimps dressed as humans during the Super Bowl.

February 3, 2011
Snow & Spectacular Staff

For the first time in nearly a decade, Lincoln Park Zoo closed on Wednesday. The blizzard prompted us to shut our doors. Of course, the animals were well cared for—they were given extra bedding, the heat was boosted in some areas and all species were given access to indoor spaces. (Some, like the red pandas, are playfully exploring their snowy yards today.)

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