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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.

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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.

October 24, 2013
Tanzania Without Rabies-Yes We Can!

What do a marching band, chanting kids, a bunch of dogs and the army have in common?

World Rabies Day of course! September 28 was World Rabies Day, and all around the world people came together to raise awareness about this disease and celebrate efforts to eradicate it.

September 28, 2013
Recognizing World Rabies Day

For World Rabies Day, zoo researcher Anna Czupryna shares how the zoo-led Serengeti Health Initiative is helping to fight the disease in Africa. Read how the zoo makes a difference for people and predators with Anna’s blog posts for Afya Serengeti.

September 19, 2013
Looking for Lions

As one of “Big Five” must-see safari animals of Tanzania, lions captivate and thrill thousands of safari travelers each year. I too was drawn to Africa to hopefully catch at least a glimpse of these magnificent carnivores.

July 11, 2013
Video: Saving the Serengeti

See how a zoo-led vaccination program protects people, pets and predators such as lions in one of Africa's signature ecosystems. Lincoln Park Zoo scientist Anna Czupryna walks us through her research a world away.

June 26, 2013
An Inside Look at Saving the Serengeti

A lion on the plains

What’s it like to study—and save—one of Africa’s signature ecosystems? Scientists Lisa Faust and Anna Czupryna will talk about the zoo’s work in the Serengeti with Wine & Wildlife: Vaccinating the Serengeti on July 17.

May 30, 2013
Vaccination 2013 Is Underway!

Masai residents of Loliondo District pose with their dog, vaccinated as part of the Serengeti Health Initiative.

Vaccination season 2013 is off to a running start! We kicked off the process in Loliondo District east of Serengeti National Park.

March 5, 2013
Sweet Home Chicago!

These lions in Serengeti National Park were one of the highlights from zoo researcher Anna Czupryna's field season in the Serengeti.
December 12, 2012
Budgets and Batteries

Field work isn’t just hiking around and playing with puppies. There is a little talked about dark side to field work that many researchers love to hate—organization and paperwork!

Field work requires lots of help, equipment, permits, budgets, logistics and inventory.

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