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November 24, 2015
Nearly Time to Shine

The holidays are almost upon us, and with them the glow of ZooLights Presented By ComEd and PowerShares QQQ, which lights for the first time on Friday, November 27!

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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. 

September 22, 2011
Penguin News & Stamp Support

You may have heard news that Lincoln Park Zoo is closing the Kovler Penguin-Seabird House. I'd like to provide you my perspective. The creation of this house was my first major exhibit project at the zoo 30 years ago when I was curator of birds. While it is hard to believe 30 years have passed so quickly, I can honestly say I’m just as excited today about our plans for creating the next great state-of-the-art animal habitat in that space as I was several decades ago when we laid the groundwork for the penguin house. Today we are working to set the path for the next couple decades ahead. We are fleshing out a lot of great ideas and concepts that I think will excite our members and supporters. Lincoln Park Zoo has exciting plans ahead.

September 15, 2011
Checking in from Atlanta
Greetings from Atlanta, where I'm attending the annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). While it's always fun and informative to meet with peers from other zoos around the nation, these conferences are always hectic. Seminars and workshops fill my days and meetings fill my nights. But it's always worth it, particularly knowing that experts from Lincoln Park Zoo are making 30 presentations at this conference. 
September 8, 2011
A Living Classroom

As any parents out there are well aware, it’s back-to-school time. My boys are entering third and fifth grades and I grow more proud of them each day.

Here at Lincoln Park Zoo—this living, breathing, roaring classroom—our education initiatives continue in earnest.

September 1, 2011
Reconsidering Chimpanzees

We received some great news this morning. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that they are evaluating a petition to list chimpanzees living in the U.S. as an endangered species. Should this classification be changed, the treatment of pet, entertainment and laboratory chimpanzees would be analyzed through a conservation science lens.

August 25, 2011
Trading Takins

If you have visited the Antelope & Zebra Area in recent days you may have spotted a lone Sichuan takin exploring his yard. This five-year-old male recently transferred from Alabama’s Montgomery Zoo to complement our herd of three females and one other male slated for transfer, as he is related to the females.

August 12, 2011
Blooming Flowers and (Potentially) Breeding Rhinos

While I am always awed by the vast array of wildlife on my morning walk through Lincoln Park Zoo’s grounds, there’s something special about my summer strolls, when the plant life bursts with enough color and life to rival the grandeur in our animal collection.

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