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.

All About Apes

Thursday, September 25

Chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabiliation Center in Congo

From Chicago to Congo, Lincoln Park Zoo’s conservation efforts on behalf of great apes span the globe. Join director Steve Ross, Ph.D., and researcher Lydia Hopper, Ph.D., of the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes for a special evening of stories and insights about chimpanzees and gorillas they’ve observed in the wild and cared for at the zoo’s state-of-the-art Regenstein Center for African Apes. Learn how Fisher Center scientists are developing a deeper understanding of these endangered primates through complex social-cognitive studies at the zoo and field research in the remote forests of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle.

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: All About Apes

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


Steve Ross, Ph.D., director of Lincoln Park Zoo's Fisher Center  

Steve Ross, Ph.D.
The director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Steve is a leader in increasing our understanding of apes and advancing their conservation and care. He oversees projects ranging from cognitive studies to weighing the impact of logging in the Goualougo Triangle.

Primate research scientist Lydia Hopper, Ph.D., at Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Center for African Apes   Lydia Hopper, Ph.D.
Lydia’s passion is primate social cognition. A Fisher Center research scientist who’s worked with numerous species, she’s recently furthered our understanding of chimpanzee behavioral economics through innovative token-exchange studies.

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.