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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sweet Home Chicago!
Samples sorted, equipment stowed away, bags packed and I’m suddenly finding myself back in Chicago after almost five months in Tanzania. Watching the snow falling as I eat Chicago deep dish pizza, I can hardly believe that just a few weeks ago I was in the rural villages west of Serengeti National Park.
This field season was once again successful and filled with all sorts of adventures: scaling kopjes for the perfect camera trap location, vaccinating hundreds of dogs, visiting schools, tracking lions in the Serengeti and having my favorite coffee cup stolen by a baboon with a clearly serious caffeine addiction.
We marked and identified 259 new puppies and dogs for our domestic dog study, which means we currently have 769 live marked dogs we will be following in 2013! All made possible by an amazing hardworking field team—thank you all!
Now back in Chicago, I’m looking forward to my next challenge: entering and analyzing all these data to better understand the population dynamics of these dogs. Aaaaand, of course, catching up on some of the population dynamics of my family, friends and favorite TV shows☺.
Research Coordinator Anna Czupryna studies domestic dog population dynamics near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Her work is one part of a zoo-led vaccination campaign that protects the region’s people, pets and predators.
Serengeti Field Diaries
Lincoln Park Zoo is leading the Serengeti Health Initiative, a collaborative effort to preserve the wildlife of this African ecosystem while benefiting local people. Our Serengeti field diaries feature updates as scientists conduct vaccination efforts, collaborate with Tanzanian partners and encounter the Serengeti’s famed wildlife.
Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
An endocrinologist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Santymire studies stress and reproduction at the zoo and in the wild.
A graduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Anna is studying how rabies vaccination campaigns of domestic dogs in villages around Serengeti National Park affect population dynamics.
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