Science Centers

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.

Red wolves lying in the dirt 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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Meerkats gathered together 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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Rat eating seeds on a log

Davee Center for Epidemiology

Since 2001 Davee Center scientists have studied wildlife disease, stress, and reproductive physiology in zoo and wild populations.

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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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Tanzania Conservation Research Program

The Tanzania Conservation Research Program protects threatened wildlife and helps people and wildlife coexist across Tanzania, using science to support collaborative conservation work with communities, NGOs, and governments.

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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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