Thank you to all who came out and joined us in February 2016 for this special weekend event! Following a delicious breakfast, guests enjoyed a presentation from Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy, as well as a sneak peek into the dynamics of our gorilla and chimpanzee families from zookeepers Dominic Calderisi and Janice McNernie. The animals participated as well, receiving special enrichment treats during an exclusive, private viewing. Keep an eye on the zoo’s calendar for more upcoming events like this.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s Curator of Primates, Maureen manages about a dozen species. She also works closely with the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, collaborating on projects with researchers. One important element of her job is overseeing the enrichment program for primates. Enrichment encourages our monkeys and apes to behave dynamically and interact socially as they would in the wild.