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October 8, 2015
A New Chance for Conservation

The Indonesian island of Bali is home to many wonders, but my favorite among them is one of the rarest birds on Earth: the Bali mynah.

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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.

November 3, 2011
Goodbye to a Zoo Friend

I’d like to begin this post by acknowledging the loss of a great friend of the zoo. Robert Pritzker, who passed away last week, served on the Lincoln Park Zoo Board of Directors and, together with his family, created the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. While he will be missed, Bob’s legacy lives on within the joyful facility that bears his name.

October 27, 2011
New Life

Perhaps the only thing cuter than a Bolivian gray titi monkey is a titi monkey newborn, like the one that has been causing guests at the Helen Brach Primate House to gush since it arrived earlier this month.

October 20, 2011
A Preventable Tragedy in Ohio

I’ve been following the news about the exotic animal release—and subsequent killing—in Ohio this week. It’s a tragedy, compounded by the fact that it should never have happened.

October 13, 2011
Back Stateside with a Colorful Report

I’ m back in Chicago after my trip to Prague for the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) annual conference, which was fantastic. I learned a great deal while strengthening bonds with other zoos. What  stands out are the similarities between problems facing WAZA institutions and those in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums—collection sustainability, leadership and working with governments to ease regulations on animal transfers.

October 6, 2011
More Notes from Prague...And a Bears Bet

Hello from Prague, where I'm attending the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums annual conference. We’ve been focusing on species sustainability, improving animal welfare in zoos around the world and developing new conservation initiatives. I am also picking up some interesting ideas on exhibit design from European zoos, many of which are doing some exciting, progressive things.

September 29, 2011
Ahoj...I'm Off to Prague

Ahoj! That’s one of the ways they greet one another in Prague, where I’m heading next week to attend the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) annual conference. My enthusiasm for the trip is bolstered by the fact that I was recently named to the WAZA board of directors, joining two other representatives of North American zoological institutions. 

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