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April 2, 2015
Regenstein Macaque Forest Is Open

Today, after 20 months, $15.5 million and a few practice splashes in the hot spring, the zoo’s newest exhibit—Regenstein Macaque Forest—celebrated its grand opening.

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June 9, 2011
Busy Days and Bright Minds


As summer ramps up around Chicago, we at Lincoln Park Zoo are getting busier, too. This week we welcomed a group of our social media followers to try out the Patio at Café Brauer. I’d like to welcome everyone to visit this spot—the most scenic bar in Chicago—and experience a lovely a new complement to our grounds. (I also recommend the steak tacos. Very tasty.)
On the scientific front, Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Ph.D., director of our Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, wrapped up a field project this week in Gombe, where she’s continuing the work of Jane Goodall in studying the chimpanzees that inhabit this verdant region. See her fascinating field diaries here:
Finally, I am helping my sons get ready to start Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Camp next week. They’re excited about learning and playing in our living classroom and I couldn’t be prouder to see them here, immersed in the wonders of wildlife.
I’ll have more on Elizabeth Lonsdorf’s work and Conservation Camp in forthcoming posts. Until then, I’ll keep you posted.
Kevin Bell 
June 3, 2011
Engaging Adult Minds

I’m glad to see that we had a great turnout last night for our Wine & Wildlife program, which focused on the zoo’s urban-wildlife studies. Guests sipped wine while learning about the impacts that the increased prevalence of species such as coyotes, deer and raccoons are having on our urban landscape.

May 24, 2011
Good Times, Good People at Zoo-ologie

As a guest of Saturday’s Zoo-ologie event at Lincoln Park Zoo, I have to say I had a great time. The music was lively, the food was tasty and the people were fun. As President of Lincoln Park Zoo, I would like to to express my gratitude to the Auxiliary Board, who made this the best spring event in recent memory.

May 19, 2011
Tracking Turtles


This week our Director of the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology Joanne Earnhardt, Ph.D., was in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge near Savanna, Illinois, tracking ornate box turtles.
With the help of several turtle-sniffing dogs, scientists and a team of volunteers combed a sand-prairie habitat that is slated for heavy development. Any turtles that are found this week will be collected, registered, radio-tagged and released into a protected area.
This is the first year Lincoln Park Zoo is participating in this project, lending our scientific expertise while learning more about ornate box turtles, which occupy increasingly shrinking portions of our state. This threatened species requires sand-prairie habitat to thrive. As only a small percentage of these regions remain in Illinois (lost to industry and agriculture), the spaces for ornate box turtles to live are small.
Efforts like these are critical. This project is another example of our field conservation initiatives, which range from work performed here in Illinois to exotic locales like Gombe and the Serengeti.
Finally, to celebrate Endangered Species Day tomorrow, zoo educators will be on the Main Mall to discuss the zoo’s rarest species, while scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will share how they’ve partnered with the zoo to save animals. I hope you can stop by.
As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Kevin Bell
May 12, 2011
An Award and a Thank You

I am happy to announce that Lincoln Park Zoo received special recognition from our friends at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. We were named Community Contributor of the Year, citing our significant contribution to the neighborhood with the opening of Nature Boardwalk.

May 6, 2011
Hatched in the City, Taking Flight in the Wild
In each of the past few years we have proudly announced the transfer of trumpeter swans hatched at Lincoln Park Zoo to the wilds of Iowa. We won’t be making such an announcement this year, and that’s a good thing.
April 29, 2011
Bright Young Minds in a Wild Classroom

I'm just back from the 7th Annual Science Celebration at Café Brauer on zoo grounds, where some 200 participants in the Young Researchers Collaborative showcased their science projects. Topics ranged from comparing the behavior of lions with housecats to exploring the biodiversity of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nature Boardwalk.   

April 15, 2011
The Elephant in the Room

Hello from Washington, D.C., where I am updating the Illinois delegation on Lincoln Park Zoo’s projects in Chicago and around the world.

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.

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