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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.

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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.

December 7, 2012
Making a Difference a World Away

Vice President of Conservation and Science Lisa Faust poses with kids happy to receive pencils as part of the zoo's Serengeti Health Initiative.

Last month I had the great pleasure of traveling to northern Tanzania to visit our amazing work with the Serengeti Health Initiative, which works to protect

December 4, 2012
Ready, Set, Action! Camera Traps in the Villages

Anna secures the camera at the site.

Thorns, bushes and boulders were the theme of the day as we set up “camera traps” in Nangale Village. These automated, remotely triggered cameras will be used to validate and quantify the presence of wildlife in our study villages.

December 3, 2012
Serengeti Conservation Work Featured in the Chicago Tribune

How is Lincoln Park Zoo stopping the spread of rabies in Africa? The Chicago Tribune has an excellent in-depth look, with video, photos, stories and more!

November 30, 2012
Seeing, and Saving, the Serengeti

Hartebeest move across the grassland

The dry golden grasses swayed elegantly in the breeze, stretching for miles as far as the eye could see. The air was hot and dusty as we scanned the horizon looking for telltale signs of animal movement among the grasses.

November 26, 2012
First Aid for the Car

Anna, Medi and Chunde wave in front of their ailing vehicle.

“Gari imearibika kabisa” (the car has broken down completely)…words you never want to hear when you’re on a lonely stretch of road in the middle of the Serengeti with no telephone signal.

October 25, 2012
Fun Times at Nangale Primary School

Anna (left) and Chunde (crouching at right) visit the class at Nangale Village Primary School. Notice the One World Futbol in the center!

Today, Chunde and I took a tiny break from dog data collection to have some fun visiting the Nangale Village Primary School.

September 24, 2012
Dog Data Extravaganza

Dog researchers from around the world came to York to share their findings at the First International Conference on Dog Population Management.

I recently experienced three glorious days of “dog populations around the world” while in York, United Kingdom for the

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