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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 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

September 18, 2012
Village One Done!!

Some very helpful children from the Nyanda family and their pups.

We have wrapped up dog data collection in our first village, Buyubi Village! Chunde, my field assistant, and I have been here for about a month rechecking dogs we marked in 2010 and 2011.

August 30, 2012
Soaring Over Serengeti

Flying into Serengeti. That tiny beige strip is the Seronera landing strip.

Five checked bags…yes, FIVE checked bags later, I have arrived back in Tanzania for my now third field season studying free-roaming domestic dog population dynamics near Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

July 23, 2012
A Gift for the Field

Field Assistant Chunde Bigambo (lower left) and Research Associate Anna Czupryna pose with some happy recipients.

Research Associate Anna Czupryna is getting ready for another field season in the Serengeti, where she

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