It has come to my attention that Chicago-based company CareerBuilder will again use chimpanzees in advertisements during the SuperBowl this year. Just like last year, I am upset by this news and disappointed with those who have chosen to use chimpanzees—dressed like humans—for comedic effect.
I’m just back from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Directors’ Policy Conference in Miami. I’ll refrain from describing the weather down there—no need to rub it in—but I would like to recap the events at the conference.
First, a look back. 2011 was a great year for Lincoln Park Zoo, capped off with a record-setting season of ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. We welcomed more than 365,000 visitors to ZooLights, thanks to mild weather, fun new features and the simple appeal of strolling the zoo illuminated by more than 2 million lights.
Winter is taking its time arriving in Chicago, and that’s fine with me—our unseasonably mild temps have been pleasant. Of course, the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo are prepared for the first snowstorm to hit, as are the landscaping crews who make our grounds beautiful and accessible when the white stuff falls.
As president of Lincoln Park Zoo, I take great pride in seeing people celebrate the zoo the same way I do each day. And each holiday season, we celebrate during crisp winter nights with ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One.
I am happy to announce the launch of Chimps Should Be Chimps, a new app developed by our Assistant Director of the Fisher Center Steve Ross, Ph.D., and Manning Productions. The interactive story prompts readers to follow the story of two chimpanzees, Lulu and Poe, who learn about being true to their nature.
As you might have seen, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last week officially declared the western black rhinoceros extinct, just weeks after the Javan rhino was listed extinct. This is troubling news.