Animals Have PRIDE, Too: Virtual Chat

Calendar Icon June 10
Clock Icon 6 p.m.
Clock Icon $15
Age Icon Ages 16+


The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC), hosted at Lincoln Park Zoo, makes countless recommendations for breeding and transfers of animals in zoos and aquariums across North America. During this virtual chat, you will learn about several examples of behavioral and reproductive biology that do not match the binary male-and-female system.

Topics will include: same-sex sexual behaviors, transvestism, hermaphroditism, parthenogenesis, and transsexualism in zoo and aquarium populations—and how Lincoln Park Zoo manages populations with these characteristics.


John Andrews, Senior Population Biologist

Andrews is a senior population biologist at the PMC who joined Lincoln Park Zoo in 2014. Before arriving in Chicago, Andrews started his career as a teenager working with animals as a zookeeper in Florida.

While working toward his Bachelor’s in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, Andrews was able to learn about research and study animals in the wild. In 2010, he moved to the Midwest to complete his Master’s in Environmental Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, studying the ecology and behavior of grassland birds. Later, Andrews traveled the world while studying cheetahs, vultures, and song birds in various countries, including Namibia, Panama, and Australia.

Andrews has been a part of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science department for almost seven years and has become an expert in population biology, research questions, and working with zoo professionals around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log into the event?

You will receive an email with a Zoom link and unique password within two hours of the event. Click the link and enter your password to access the waiting room a few minutes before the event begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the event has not begun yet. It will start automatically when the zoo begins the “meeting.”

You can access Zoom via PC/Mac/Android/iPhone. We encourage you to check your connection and settings in advance to ensure a smooth virtual experience.

All guests will be muted throughout the event, but we encourage you to send questions to the host via the chat window. The best way to experience the event is through the “Speaker View” option, which will appear in the top-right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

Email us at with questions. See you there!

Does everyone in my household need a ticket to attend the event?

Please purchase a ticket for all viewers, just as you would to attend a ticketed live event.

100% of all proceeds go to your zoo. Your ticket purchase supports Lincoln Park Zoo’s state-of-the-art animal care and worldwide conservation work, and helps keep the zoo free.

Can I buy tickets on the day of the virtual event?

If tickets remain available, sales end about an hour before the event.

Please keep in mind that events will take place right on time. Don’t be late!

Can I ask the host a question?

Yes! During the event, you can chat questions to the host, who will try to get through as many as possible at the conclusion of the event. If you have a follow up question that was not addressed during the event, please email us at and we will try our best to reply with the answer.

I am a member. How can I apply my membership number?

To redeem your member discount, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
  7. Proceed to checkout.

Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded?

If you cannot attend the event, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. However, there are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo.