Animal Attractions Breakfast

Animal Attractions Breakfast

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Charming Occasion

Guests who attended the Animal Attractions Breakfast in Regenstein Center for African Apes savored a intimate breakfast buffet from Tigerlily Catering and a Valentine’s Day-themed lecture about animal matchmaking. Zoo experts in animal care, endocrinology and population management shared insights into animal pairings, courtship and breeding behavior, and pregnancy monitoring. As a special bonus, guests viewed western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees interacting with holiday-themed enrichment—and caught glimpses of the zoo’s two gorilla baby girls born in October and November 2012.


Speakers

  Sarah Long, M.S.
Director of the Population Management Center, Sarah is a professional animal matchmaker. She uses detailed pedigrees and expert input to pair zoo animals across the country, from tigers and monkeys to birds and snakes.
  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.
In the 14 years he’s been at Lincoln Park Zoo, Michael Brown-Palsgrove worked in all areas of the zoo.   Michael Brown-Palsgrove

Michael has worked in the zoo field since 1996. In the 14 years he’s been at Lincoln Park Zoo, he’s worked in all areas of the zoo. He recently joined the Primate Department as the zoological manager, guiding animal husbandry and supervising the animal care staff.