Thursday, August 30, 2012
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. What could I possibly need five bags for, you ask? Ah, they’re full of test tubes, a centrifuge, sealable plastic bags, dog treats, soccer balls, camera traps and retractable pens (losing pen caps can be quite troublesome in the bush).
Monday, July 23, 2012
Research Associate Anna Czupryna is getting ready for another field season in the Serengeti, where she studies domestic dog populations as part of a zoo-led rabies vaccination program. Part of her prep involves ordering another batch of One World Futbols to donate to study villages near Serengeti National Park. “They’re a great way to thank the villages that work with us!” she says.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Walking from boma to boma—Maasai household to household—vaccinating domestic dogs as a member of the Serengeti Health Initiative field team, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by the beauty of the landscape that surrounds Piyaya village east of Serengeti National Park.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Last week the Lincoln Park Zoo-led Serengeti Health Initiative vaccinated its 1 millionth dog! This conservation milestone reflects the zoo’s commitment to protecting the Serengeti’s people, pets and predators from diseases such as rabies and canine distemper. Get a full look at Vaccination Day with this 2010 slideshow.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Zebras. Elephants. Mountain gorillas. Researcher Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., shares photos of wildlife sightings—and zoo work to save species—from her conservation trip to Tanzania and Rwanda.
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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