Wine & Wildlife

Wine & Wildlife

The zoo’s popular Wine & Wildlife after-hours series lets adults enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the zoo’s global conservation programs from animal care experts and research scientists. Past program focuses have included the Serengeti Health Initiative, Puerto Rican parrot recovery and eastern black rhinoceros field research and breeding.

Making the Rounds with Zoo Vets

Tuesday, June 23

Wine & Wildlife: Inside the Best Wellness Plan in Chicago features Lincoln Park Zoo's head veterinarian, Kathryn Gamble, DVM, and Megan Ross, seen hear giving medical exams to Chilean flamingos.

Tending to the health and well-being of hundreds of animals across mulitiple species is a huge responsibility. It requires not only expert care when reacting to health issues but also treating the whole animal on a daily basis. Join Lincoln Park Zoo’s Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine, Kathryn Gamble, DVM, and Vice President of Animal Care and Education, Megan Ross, Ph.D, as we delve into the best wellness plan in Chicago.

Gamble’s team depends on Animal Care staff to flag unusual behavior, help medicate animals, manage special dietary needs and monitor the effectiveness of treatments. Expert help also comes from the Animal Health Council, a group of  medical doctors and veterinary specialists who assist the zoo’s vets in their areas of expertise. (Guests from the council will also be attending this special presentation.)

Learn about the zoo’s holistic healthcare approach, from training, enrichment and daily welfare to yearly checkups and tests.

6–8 p.m.
$17 ($14 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
18 and older
Regenstein Center for African Apes
Cash bar on site, light hors d’oeuvres served

Register for Wine & Wildlife: Making the Rounds with Zoo Vets


The zoo’s Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine, Kathryn Gamble has been responsible for the care of every animal at the zoo since 2002.  

Kathryn Gamble, D.V.M., M.S., Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM)
Kathryn Gamble, the zoo’s Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine, has been responsible for the care of every animal at the zoo since 2002. Her expertise has been recognized by the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine as well as the dozens of veterinary students she has mentored.


Megan Ross, Ph.D
Megan oversees the Animal Care and Education departments at Lincoln Park Zoo. She began her tenure at the zoo in 2000 as the Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds and has also served as General Curator. She continues research related to her primary interests, including animal welfare and applied animal behavior.

For more information, please email or call 312-742-2056.

See the Wine & Wildlife Experience

Wine & Wildlife: Animal Attractions Slideshow
Animal lovers flocked to Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House for “Animal Attractions,” a special Valentine’s Day-themed presentation on wild courtships and reproductive strategies.
Wine & Wildlife: Saving the Serengeti Slideshow
Guests enjoy glasses of wine as they learn how Lincoln Park Zoo is leading efforts to save Africa’s crown jewel: the Serengeti.

Wine & Wildlfe: The Truth About Chimpanzees Slideshow
Fans of wine and wildlife gather to hear David Morgan (Lincoln Park Zoo) and Crickette Sanz talk about studying—and conserving—the apes occupying the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle.