Wine & Wildlife

Wine & Wildlife

With Wine & Wildlife, adults can enjoy a glass of wine as they learn about the zoo’s global conservation programs.

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.

Prairie Pioneers

Thursday, April 24

Wine and Wildlife: Back Home on the Prairie at Lincoln Park Zoo

Illinois is nicknamed the “Prairie State,” but less than 1 percent of pre-settlement prairie remains intact, and several partner organizations are working to reverse that trend. Grasslands and sand prairies are being restored, and Lincoln Park Zoo is helping recover rare prairie-dwelling wildlife including ornate box turtles, meadow jumping mice and smooth green snakes.

The zoo, in collaboration with Lake County Forest Preserve District and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is breeding, raising and releasing these species, designated by Illinois as needing conservation help.

Join us to learn about these projects that are taking place right here in our own backyards and meet the experts who have made a big commitment to saving these small species.

6–8 p.m.
$17 ($14 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
18 and older
Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
Cash bar on site, light hors d’oeuvres served

Register for Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers

For more information, email Becky Lyons at or 312-742-2067.


Allison Sacerdote-Velat, reintroduction biologist at Lincoln Park Zoo  

Allison Sacerdote-Velat, Ph.D.
Allison is Lincoln Park Zoo’s reintroduction biologist. She collaborates with the Lake County Forest Preserve District on conservation and recovery planning for smooth green snakes and meadow jumping mice. Her work entails field sampling, population assessment and habitat evaluation as well as planning for these species’ captive-breeding and head-starting programs.

Dan Boehm, Zoological Manager, Lincoln Park Zoo  

Dan Boehm
Dan Boehm is Zoological Manager of Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House and the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Dan supervises the breeding and “head start” rearing of offspring for the local conservation species housed at the zoo.

Dan Preuss, Wildlife Biologist, Lake County Forest Preserve District  

Tim Preuss
Tim is a wildlife biologist for the Lake County Forest Preserve District. He monitors and assesses the status of wildlife populations in the forest preserves and manages their populations when needed. He is currently collaborating with Lincoln Park Zoo to restore rare species like the meadow jumping mouse to appropriate habitat in the forest preserves of Lake County.

See the Wine & Wildlife Experience

Wine & Wildlife: In Your Backyard Slideshow
In a relaxed setting, scientists from the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute shared which animals are living in the Chicagoland area. Guests learned how “camera traps” help researchers track—and conserve—local wildlife.
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.