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September 25, 2014
Chimpanzee Cues

Spend some time watching Hank’s group at Regenstein Center for African Apes, and you’ll see that the social life of a chimpanzee is some pretty complex business.

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April 25, 2013
Call of a Century

If Chicagoans from 1910 visited the zoo today, they wouldn’t find much to recognize. A few buildings remain—Carlson Cottage, Café Brauer, the McCormick Bird House—but the zoo of that era has been transformed and modernized, much like the city around it.

April 18, 2013
A New Hatch

The Hottentot teals at Regenstein African Journey are one of the shier species at the zoo, but that didn’t stop our resident flock from producing two tiny ducklings last week.

April 11, 2013
Great Ape Economics?

With Kevin in Charleston this week for the AZA Mid-Year Meeting, he graciously lent me this space to offer an update on the zoo’s work with great apes.

April 4, 2013
A Big Impact

When it comes to working with wildlife, zoos and aquariums have a broader reach than at any time in their history. Conservation that was once limited to an institution’s walls now spans the globe, bringing together experts from the world’s wildest places.

March 28, 2013
A New Bird Beginning

As you may know, I first came to Lincoln Park Zoo to be curator of birds in 1976. So while my current role extends to every part of the zoo, I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for the Bird Department.

March 21, 2013
Positive Steps for Nayembi

Baby gorilla Nayembi continues to meet welcome milestones in recovering from last month’s injury. The latest saw her return to Regenstein Center for African Apes, where she’s healing behind the scenes within full view of her family group.

March 14, 2013
A Bat Setback

Bad news doesn’t get any better just because it was expected. That’s especially true for the recent discovery of white-nose syndrome in wild bats in southern Illinois.

March 7, 2013
A Bouncing Bushbaby

There’s an active new arrival beneath the baobab tree at Regenstein Small Mammal–Reptile House: a baby Moholi bushbaby.

February 25, 2013
A Rapid Response

In the zoo world, much of our time is spent preparing for all the things that could happen. Curators stress every wrinkle of an animal introduction, caregivers run drills for each imaginable scenario, veterinarians spend countless hours honing vital skills.

February 21, 2013
Innovators in Education

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned at the zoo? It could be that giraffes have the same number of vertebrae as humans: seven. (Theirs are much larger, of course.) Maybe you’ve seen chimpanzees using tools at their termite mound or read how tiny red knots migrate 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America every year.

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