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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.

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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.

January 19, 2010
Slideshow: Safeguarding the Serengeti Ecosystem

By vaccinating domestic dogs against diseases such as rabies and canine distemper, Lincoln Park Zoo and its partners benefit the entire Serengeti ecosystem—including people, wildlife and domestic animals. See how with our Safeguarding an Ecosystem slideshow.

December 16, 2009
Walking into a Buffalo!

The Serengeti is a fantastic place to work. While we hash out project logistics on the porch of our house, herds of buffalo frequently wander through the yard or dwarf mongoose run from rock pile to rock pile.

From being here, I’ve learned so much about the resident wildlife and what it means to work in the field setting. The little things I hadn’t even considered have suddenly been brought to my attention. Things like how does the field team power their laptops when the house is not hooked up to the power grid?

December 15, 2009
Serengeti Scenes

A meal on the savanna.

Early Saturday morning, we were driving and came upon four lionesses with four young cubs and one older cub feasting on a yearling wildebeest. It was amazing how they all were sharing their meal with minimal disputes. The cubs even got their share. We must have watched for an hour just enthralled by their strength and hunger.

December 15, 2009
Of Bucket Showers and Outhouses…

After a week in Arusha at the biannual research conference of the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), our party arrived in Seronera, the main camp in the Serengeti, where Lincoln Park Zoo coordinates the Serengeti Health Initiative.

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