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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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September 10, 2010
Greetings from Buyubi Village, Maswa District

Yesterday Chunde and I made the six-hour trip to Maswa town, where I begin my domestic dog demography research. These dogs are currently not vaccinated for rabies or distemper, and it will be interesting to compare their population dynamics (basically their mortality and birth rates) to vaccinated dogs over the next four years.

I will be working in two villages near here, Buyubi and Iyogelo. The first village, Buyubi, is made up of about 500 households total and a “downtown” area spanning about one city block.

September 9, 2010
Inspiring New Students

Today was a really amazing day. Chunde Bigambo, who will be working with me studying domestic dogs, and I had an opportunity to speak to some first-year wildlife management students from the University of Dar es Salaam about the Serengeti Health Initiative.

Chunde, who was recently in Chicago for a Lincoln Park Zoo–Wildlife Without Borders training program, gave an amazing presentation about ecosystem health and what the Serengeti Health Initiative is doing to preserve this World Heritage site.

September 2, 2010
Karibu Serengeti! (Welcome to Serengeti!)

A little squished, cramped and dusty, I have finally arrived back in the Serengeti (at least for a short time). This, after all, is only the beginning of my trip. I will be traveling to four different villages west of Serengeti National Park to study domestic dogs to understand the effect of vaccinations on dog demography.

After stocking up in Arusha for staples such as peanut butter and pasta, I boarded the “Coastline Express” bus that passes through Serengeti National Park. Boarding the bus was an adventure all unto itself. You see, this bus doesn’t just go through the Serengeti.

June 25, 2010
Rhino Return

I want to share some photos I took during that big day in Serengeti where we received five rhinos from South Africa. It was really a very big day here, and the guest of honor was H.E.

May 10, 2010
Chunde in the Windy City

It has been amazing to be here in this city!


Chunde in front of the Lincoln Park Zoo gates.

When I came here my focus was mostly on the Ecosystem Health Training course [Chunde and three other Tanzanian field conservationists came to the zoo for three weeks of conservation training through the Wildlife Without Borders program].

May 7, 2010
Wine and Wildlife: Saving the Serengeti Slideshow

Guests enjoy glasses of wine as they learn how Lincoln Park Zoo is leading efforts to save Africa’s crown jewel: the Serengeti. See the slideshow from Wine and Wildlife: Saving the Serengeti.

March 29, 2010
Wine and Wildlife: Saving the Serengeti

For one night only, join Princeton University ecologist and author Andrew Dobson, Ph.D., and the zoo’s director of Tanzanian programs, Felix Lankester, D.V.M., as they share their experiences working to save Africa’s crown jewel, the awe-inspiring Serengeti National Park. Learn more and register today!

February 19, 2010
Radio Collars for Conservation

Recently, I worked with members of the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute, Tanzanian National Parks Authority and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority to “radio collar” endangered African wild dogs.

The work was done in the Loliondo and Sonjo areas of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro district. The aim of the exercise was to fit five dogs from different packs with special collars that can be tracked by radio transmitter.

January 27, 2010
Serengeti Slideshow: Vaccination Day

Graduate researcher Anna Czupryna takes us to vaccination day near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. By vaccinating domestic dogs against rabies and canine distemper, Lincoln Park Zoo prevents these diseases from impacting local people and wildlife.

January 21, 2010
Serengeti Wildlife Slideshow

Graduate researcher Anna Czupryna shares some of the cool critters she saw during her trip to the Serengeti. Some of these animals, such as the lions, are being protected by Lincoln Park Zoo’s domestic-dog vaccination program.

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