Penguin News & Stamp Support
You may have heard news that Lincoln Park Zoo is closing the Kovler Penguin-Seabird House. I'd like to provide you my perspective. The creation of this house was my first major exhibit project at the zoo 30 years ago when I was curator of birds. While it is hard to believe 30 years have passed so quickly, I can honestly say I’m just as excited today about our plans for creating the next great state-of-the-art animal habitat in that space as I was several decades ago when we laid the groundwork for the penguin house. Today we are working to set the path for the next couple decades ahead. We are fleshing out a lot of great ideas and concepts that I think will excite our members and supporters. Lincoln Park Zoo has exciting plans ahead.
In other news, on Tuesday morning within the Kovler Lion House I was happy to participate in the introduction of a new postal stamp—the Saving Vanishing Species stamp.
The new release features a stylized image of a tiger, which explains why we were in front of our Amur tiger exhibit. Net proceeds are dedicated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds. I’ve purchased a book of Saving Vanishing Species stamps, which cost $11 for 20 and are available for sale at Post Offices and at the zoo’s Wild Things gift shop. I hope you consider doing so, too. (I’d love to receive a letter with a tiger image in the corner. Kevin Bell, 2001 N. Clark, Chicago IL 60614.)
Hobbyists are sure to snatch up these handsome collectibles. But these stamps also provide any animal-lover a convenient, fun way to support efforts to save threatened species, such as the Amur tiger.
We participate in a broad range of conservation initiatives at Lincoln Park Zoo. Our scientists work here in Chicago and around the world to combat threats to wild species. Our educators communicate our message to millions of visitors. Our members help fund all of these efforts. And the act of exhibiting animals plays a huge role—seeing a tiger or a chimpanzee in the flesh reminds all of us of our duty to preserve the world’s wildlife.
As always, I’ll keep you posted.