Science Centers

The worldwide reach of our Conservation & Science initiatives is reflected in the zoo’s broad array of research centers and programs. By expanding our understanding of animals and the threats they face, zoo scientists are helping to improve the lives of individual animals and preserve threatened species.

Meerkats gathered together in exhibit

Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology

The Alexander Center applies population biology theories to the management of populations in zoos and the wild—because scientifically managed populations are more likely to be healthy and persist into the future.

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Zoo scientist observing a plains zebra in exhibit

Animal Welfare Science Program

The Animal Welfare Science Program continually evaluates and enhances animal welfare by answering questions that directly impact quality of life for zoo animals.

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Red wolves lying in the dirt in exhibit

AZA Population Management Center

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC), hosted at Lincoln Park Zoo, provides assistance to zoo professionals across the country by conducting demographic and genetic analyses for Species Survival Plan® (SSP) species—ensuring that zoo populations remain healthy for the long term.

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Eastern black rhino calf in exhibit

Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

The Davee Center studies wildlife disease, stress, and reproductive physiology in zoo and wild populations. This information helps improve wildlife management and conservation.

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Western lowland gorilla holding newborn gorilla baby in exhibit

Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes

The Fisher Center brings together primate experts and organizations from around the world to collaborate on groundbreaking research, conservation, education, and advocacy.

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Bison, zebras, and other wildlife graze on the African savanna

Tanzania Conservation Research Program

The Tanzania Conservation Research Program focuses on protecting wildlife corridors in northern Tanzania, as well as studying mammal diversity and distribution across Tanzania to help inform conservation decisions and protected area management.

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A red wolf lies on fallen leaves in exhibit

Urban Wildlife Institute

The Urban Wildlife Institute studies the interactions between wildlife and urban development to develop scientific standards for minimizing human-wildlife conflict.

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