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October 9, 2014
A New Baby Langur

Size aside, the baby Francois’ langur that joined the troop at the Helen Brach Primate House on September 30 is pretty easy to pinpoint: it’s bright orange.

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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.)

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.

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