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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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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.)

January 27, 2011
Sustainability & Snow

Last week I attended the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual directors meeting, where we focused on sustainability of our collections—in short, what steps we must take to ensure that zoo collections remain strong and healthy well into the future.

January 20, 2011
Cold-weather Creatures, Warm-weather Campers

Hello from Fort Worth, Texas, where I’m attending the Association of Zoos and Aquariums annual Directors Meeting. We’re addressing topics such as our collective impact on species conservation and the sustainability of our animal collections.

January 13, 2011
New Arrivals, New Plans

We’re happily busy with new arrivals these days. The white-cheeked gibbon born last week grows more visible each day at the Helen Brach Primate House. Nearby at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, we’re now exhibiting a nest of smooth green snakes. These small green beauties are a lot of fun to observe as they slither through their leafy exhibit gobbling insects.

January 11, 2011
Bright Lights, New Life

 I'd like to thank all those who visited ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One this year. It was a great run. We’d love to hear your feedback, which will make ZooLights 2011 even better.

January 7, 2011
A New Gibbon

I'd like to thank all those who visited ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One this year. It was a great run. We’d love to hear your feedback, which will make ZooLights 2011 even better.

December 15, 2010
Leopard Marta

Today’s post is a sad one. Yesterday, animal-care staff made the difficult decision to euthanize geriatric female leopard Marta, whose failing kidneys were compromising her quality of life.

December 10, 2010
Winter Wonderland

While some creatures avoid the cold at all costs (including some of us), many zoo species have been taking advantage of the crisp climate.

November 11, 2010
GreenWorks Award

I’m very pleased to report that last night Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo was awarded Mayor Daley’s GreenWorks Award for Sustainable Innovation in a Built Environment due to the boardwalk’s positive contribution to Chicago’s Climate Action Plan. The award recognizes projects that successfully implement sustainable building and urban design to reduce environmental impact.
 


 

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