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.

The Masked Bandit: Saving the Black-Footed Ferret

Wednesday, November 18

Photo by Minden Pictures Shattil & Rozinski

Pulled back from the brink of extinction, the black-footed ferret is an amazing survivor. But this scrappy species still needs a little help to round out its rescue. Join Lincoln Park Zoo scientists and partners to learn what threats still exist for the black-footed ferret, and how we search the prairie at night to locate, collect samples from, and rerelease these animals into the great American West. Though it sounds like an alien abduction, this work will enable us to compare wild and human-managed populations to evaluate these animals and, ultimately, unlock the key to their future survival.

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

Register for Wine & Wildlife: Saving the Black-Footed Ferret



Rachel Santymire, Ph.D
The director of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Rachel analyzes reproductive hormones to find the perfect moment to introduce potential mates. She's also developed animal pregnancy tests to alert the zoo team when a baby is on the way.


Travis Livieri, M.S.
Travis Livieri is Executive Director of Prairie Wildlife Research, a non-profit organization he founded in 2001 to conserve and research wildlife of the prairies. For the past 20 years Livieri’s work has focused on conservation of the endangered black-footed ferret and the prairie dog ecosystem.

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

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Wine & Wildlfe: The Truth About Chimpanzees Slideshow
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