Studying Animal Behavior at Home

From eastern gray squirrels that forage around in parks and take shelter in trees to coyotes that travel throughout the city along corridors, urban wildlife is all around us in Chicago—whether we see them or not! Much like how scientists at Lincoln Park Zoo study the behavior of animals in our care, you can study…

Nature Play at Home

The world around us has slowed down and many of us are looking for signs of hope. One great place to look is to nature—even if that’s in your backyard, on your porch, or at your parkway! March 19 marked the first day of spring. Birds are chirping, the sun is peeking through the clouds,…

How Do I Talk to my Child About Endangered Species or the Environment?

As parents, our goal is to raise our children to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted individuals. We want them to grow up to be successful in the world, but also to make a positive impact on their surroundings, on either a small or large scale. If you’re like me, a lot of that includes helping…

Collaborating Across Generations for Science

Concerns about support for science education in the nation’s classrooms are legitimate. But to those of us who attended the zoo’s spirited 13th annual Science Celebration today, it’s also clear that collaborative partnerships among science-based institutions, schools, and philanthropic benefactors can launch kids on lifelong journeys fueled by a love for science. Hosted by the…

How Should Humans Treat Animals?

The principles of natural selection make clear the fact that animals have adapted to particular environments. We’ve all heard how giraffes evolved long necks to reach the highest branches or how zebras evolved monochromatic stripes to confuse predators. But these principles apply equally to behavior, as well. Animals have evolved patterns of behavior to suit…