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.
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.
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.
It’s been about a week since Zoo Ball 2011 and the fond memories are still fresh. Nearly a 1,000 guests joined us at Hollywood & Vines on the zoo’s Main Mall, where we dined, danced and had a blast while raising some $1.1 million for Lincoln Park Zoo’s animals and programs.
I take a stroll around Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo each day before work. It helps me start my day and get my mind prepared for the tasks ahead. It’s always a beautiful place for a walk, but right now Nature Boardwalk is as gorgeous as I’ve ever seen it.
While Lincoln Park Zoo is a wild playground for visitors (including the thousands of members who came out to play during our recent SuperZooPicnic), we are also a world leader in the field of scientific animal studies.
This month, our Director of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., co-published a study in the Journal of General and Comparative Endocrinology. The scientists’ work focused on the relationship between animal enrichment and animal stress.
While Lincoln Park Zoo is always filled with jubilant children, the start of our Conservation Camp each summer is a special time. Kids wearing matching T-shirts flood into the zoo each morning, eager to engage their minds and plunge their hands into each day’s activities. My boys are always excited to tell me about their adventures at Conservation Camp, just as I am to hear their stories.