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July 28, 2015
Trunk Show

A female African elephant and her baby make a striking image in size and scale while traveling across the Serengeti savanna in Tanzania.

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July 28, 2015
Trunk Show

A female African elephant and her baby make a striking image in size and scale while traveling across the Serengeti savanna in Tanzania.

July 16, 2015
Beest Mode

From time to time, we’ll be posting cool photos of amazing wildlife spotted during my time in Tanzania.

June 23, 2015
Getting the Band Back Together

I have arrived. Helloooo again, Tanzania! Let’s get ready to rock some dog vaccinations!

May 28, 2015
Syringes, Snow and Snagged Slacks

I love the snow. This statement may generate some grumbling among Chicagoans after our last two frigid winters, but I really do enjoy the cold and snow—even as flowers bloom and summer approaches. Remember that fifth largest blizzard in Chicago history? To me it seemed a dramatically fitting send-off as I departed for Tanzania to continue Lincoln Park Zoo’s Serengeti Health Initiative project.

April 21, 2015
Helping Hyenas

Time for a nap? Scientist Anna Czupryna shares this shot of hyenas cooling off in Serengeti National Park. A Lincoln Park Zoo-led vaccination campaign protects these predators from diseases like rabies and distemper.

September 26, 2014
Help Fight Rabies a World Away

Let’s face it. Going to the vet can be a chore. Between conflicting schedules, traffic and doctor availability, simply scheduling an appointment can be challenging. Convincing your dog, or better yet, your cat, that going to the vet is a good thing, can be tricky (Isn’t it funny how cats refuse to get into the carrier at home but then refuse to get out at the vet?). And that doesn’t even mention looking for parking and then waiting for the doctor once you finally get there.

September 23, 2014
World Rabies Day Blog Intro

World Rabies Day is coming up this Sunday, September 28 and Lincoln Park Zoo will be joining pet owners and public health, conservation and veterinary authorities around the world in raising awareness for rabies. 

Rabies is something that Lincoln Park Zoo takes very seriously as part of our work with the Serengeti Health Initiative, through which we annually vaccinate approximately 100,000 domestic dogs for rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus in the villages surrounding Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

September 23, 2014
Rabies Remains a Threat

World Rabies Day is September 28, and around the world public health officials, epidemiologists, conservationists, pet owners and we here at Lincoln Park Zoo will join together to raise awareness about this deadly disease.

December 17, 2013
Serengeti Food Fight

The food fights that took place at the family dinner table or school lunchroom may stir up some nostalgic childhood memories as we recall someone wearing a face full of mashed peas. However, the food fights of Serengeti tend to be a lot more intense, particularly since the food in question can mean the difference between life and death.

November 7, 2013
Another Year of Doggie Survivor...

Hard to believe, but I am back in Tanzania for my fourth year of domestic dog demography data collection! Yes, fourth! Since 2010, I have been tracking free-roaming domestic dogs in villages west of Serengeti National Park to determine the impact of vaccination on dog demography and ownership practices. In other words, I want to better understand what dog life is like here in Tanzania.

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