Honoring Dr. Fisher

Happy Birthday to a Lincoln Park Zoo Legend!

Dr. Lester E. Fisher is a Lincoln Park Zoo legend. Hired as the zoo’s first veterinarian in 1947, he was named director in 1962, beginning a 30-year tenure that transformed the zoo. With the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Dr. Fisher introduced a new emphasis on education and conservation while remaking zoo grounds to meet modern expectations for animal comfort and care.

Even in retirement, he continues to influence animal conservation and care. The zoo’s world-class Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes reflects his longstanding dedication to our closest living relatives. Similarly, the recently established Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine Endowment supports the zoo’s efforts to care for all its animals, big and small.

As Dr. Fisher celebrates his 90th birthday, we’re honoring his impressive legacy. Join us for a celebration on February 24—or share your birthday message in the field below.

Join the Celebration

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on February 24 at Regenstein Center for African Apes to celebrate Dr. Fisher’s Lincoln Park Zoo legacy. Guests can offer their best wishes with an oversized birthday card as the chimpanzees and gorillas join the fun with a piñata “cake” and “presents.”

Share a Birthday Message with Dr. Fisher Below!

Comments

Happy Birthday! You've truly been an inspiration to generations of families. Thanks for all your wonderful gifts. Keep on!

Happy Birthday Dr. Fisher! I've been coming to Lincoln Park Zoo for over 50 years. Thank you for this city child's many fond memories of the zoo. Thank you for putting gorillas into social groups and for the Gorilla SSP.

Happy Birthday Grandpa! I really wish I could be there to celebrate with you on your birthday but I will be thinking of you. It's wonderful to see all the people you've touched through your work. Lots of love, ~Emily~

Dr. Fisher- Happy Birthday!! Thank you for sharing your time with my family, we all hope to see you again soon!

Happy birthday to a wonderful friend! Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness. See you soon, we hope.

DR FISHER AS A CHILD I GREW UP WITH THE COMO PARK ZOO IN ST PAUL. I WATCHED IN AWE YOUR SHOW ON T.V. WHEN I MOVED TO CHICAGO 35 YRS. AGO I BECAME A DOCENT. I AM STILL THERE EVERY TUESDAY SPEAKING TO THE VISITORS AND THE ANIMALS. HAPPY, HAPPY 90TH.

Happy Birthday Dr Fisher, have a wonderful birthday when you turn 90.

Happy Birthday! I remember watching you on the Ray Rayner Show when I was a kid! I loved Ark in the Park!!

Happy Birthday to you Dr. Fisher. To me, you were, and will always be the heart and soul of Lincoln Park Zoo. They will never have another director as wonderful as you! XOXO

Happy Birthday Dr. Lester E. Fisher . Have a wonderful birthday and many more.

Hi Dr. Fisher -- I lived in the Lincoln Park area growing up as a child and my parents took our family to the zoo often. All your efforts with the animals is truly amazing. Your efforts toward conservation and making the animals live in a comfortable environment is remarkable. As a Lincoln Park Zoo member I have seen so many improvements over the years. You should be very proud of your accomplishments! Enjoy your birthday and I wish you many more!

Happy Birthday! I hope that you enjoy your special day, and I am looking forward to the 100 year celebration.

Les~ How could you have done so much for animals, for Lincoln Park Zoo, for the city of Chicago in "only" 90 years?? You have been such an inspiration for generations of Chicagoans -- present company VERY much included -- in your own very kind and gentle way -- teaching all of us to respect the lessons of the animal kingdom, and inspiring us to all do our small part to keep the world safe for all species. With great admiration and affection~ Dana and Michael Treister

As a docent, because of your initiating the program, I feel very honored to be a part of your idea/ vision. Now, as a Guest Services Volunteer, I still try to do the docent thing: Guide & Teacher. Happy Birthday Thanks and God Bless

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. FISHER! I grew up watching you on TV---you were one of the cool grown-ups! Thanks for being a part of my life and making me forever love LPZ!!

Yes, you were one of the cool grown-ups. I remember my excitement when Ray Raynor would announce that you would appear on that day's show. Happy Birthday Dr. Fisher and many more. From a 50+ year old kid.

Happy Birthday Dr. Fisher! And many more to come. Thank you for all you have done for Lincoln Park Zoo, for animals, for conservation, and for the City of Chicago. Best Wishes!

As a child,I loved watching you on "Ray Rayner". Thank you for your work with the animals, especially the apes. Have a wonderful birthday!

Me too! Thanks Dr. Fisher for all your years of love for our animal brothers and sisters!

Dear Dr. Fisher, You opened up the world of animals to my entire family. I was born in 1960. My sister is now a veterinarian and teaching at U of Mn in St. Paul. I adored all your visits with the animals on WGN. Happy Happy birthday. You are a wonderful animal and zoo advocate. Thank you

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