Bringing Species Back from the Brink

Bringing Species Back from the Brink

Advancing the Science of Recovery

From guiding reintroduction programs to returning animals to their historic homes, zoo scientists help species recover from their brush with extinction.


Related Projects

 

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Project
This endangered snake is nearly extinct in Illinois. Lincoln Park Zoo is helping to plan the recovery, a process that’s extended from swamp to science center.

 

Avian Reintroduction and Translocation Database
By sharing lessons learned from bird reintroductions around the world, this resource lets scientists harness the past to better plan the future.


Restoring the Smooth Green Snake
Lincoln Park Zoo is working with the Lake County Forest Preserve District to return the region’s smooth green snakes to their natural habitats.


Black Rhino Conservation in Addo Elephant National Park
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists use “camera traps” and fecal samples to assist the recovery of endangered black rhinos in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park.


Conserving the Black-Footed Ferret
Thought to be extinct, the black-footed ferret was rediscovered 30 years ago, starting a recovery program that's reintroduced 2,000 individuals back to the wild. Now a special partnership between Lincoln Park Zoo and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation is advancing efforts to bring the species back from the brink.


Protecting the Puerto Rican Parrot
Lincoln Park Zoo is lending its population-planning expertise to help the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot continue on its path to recovery.

Black Rhinoceros Conservation in Addo Elephant National Park
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists are assisting the recovery of endangered black rhinos in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park. Black rhinos was nearly driven extinct during the 1990s by habitat destruction and poaching, their population dropping from 65,000 to 2,000 animals.