Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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!
Friday, December 7, 2012
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 the Serengeti region’s people, pets and predators by vaccinating domestic dogs against rabies and canine distemper.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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.
Monday, December 3, 2012
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!
Friday, November 30, 2012
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. At times the Serengeti National Park seemed to burst at the seams with wildlife—herds of zebra, cape buffalo, wildebeest, impala and all manner of other hoofed and winged species. Other times we drove for hours with barely a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Wildlife was out there, no doubt, but camouflage is an amazing thing.
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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