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Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine

Fall/Winter 2022

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Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine: Fall/Winter 2022


April 17, 2024
Understanding How Gentrification Affects Urban Wildlife Around Us
When you live in a city, coexisting with local wildlife can come in many forms. Sometimes you’re stuck dealing with a rat in your trash bin, but other times you’re greeted in the morning by a songbird singing outside your…
chimpanzee holding fruit
March 21, 2024
Exploring Social Media’s Role in Primate Protection
Have you seen a primate on social media lately? How did it make you feel?   For years, Lincoln Park Zoo has been at the forefront of research exploring how images of primates have affected the way people feel about them. Images…
November 15, 2023
Saving Species With SAFE
Have you ever heard the acronym “SAFE” in the context of conservation and zoo programs? If not, take note. You’ll most likely see more about it going forward. SAFE stands for Saving Animals From Extinction, and it’s something you should…
October 27, 2023
Making Progress on Palm Oil
The 37th Annual Spooky Zoo, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, took place on Saturday, October 21. New this year, the Auxiliary Board and Development team worked closely with the zoo’s Green Team and the PalmOil Scan app…
September 21, 2023
5 Easy Ways You Can Protect Gorillas
World Gorilla Day is on Sunday, September 24. Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating these charismatic animals with a full day of activities, including enrichment sessions, action ideas mobile learning stations, and demonstrations.
Learning, Conservation
September 6, 2023
2023 Black-Crowned Night Heron Field Log
From Henry Adams, Wildlife Management Coordinator at the Urban Wildlife Institute and primary investigator of all things night heron-related at Lincoln Park Zoo
August 11, 2023
Creating a Win-Win for Wildlife and Communities
A first-hand account by Charles Foley, Ph.D., Senior Conservation Scientist for the Tanzania Conservation Research Program at Lincoln Park Zoo.
July 3, 2023
Animal Welfare Win: Illinois Passes Wild Animal Public Safety Act
In a significant victory for animal welfare, Illinois has established protections for nonhuman primates and bears from potentially harmful interactions with the public.
June 30, 2023
Snake Trek
For a zoo keeper passionate about our reptile friends, no spring would truly be complete without an annual trek to southwest Michigan to get covered in mud (but hopefully NOT poison sumac and ticks) to search for one of the Midwest’s most endearing native venomous snakes.
June 29, 2023
Urban Animals and Chicago in Summer
Summer in Chicago is always fantastic—there’s so much going on. This year, many headlines have been dedicated to a rather unique event that’s taking place on the weekend of July 1–2: NASCAR Street Race Chicago in Grant Park.
May 4, 2023
Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel
For those of us who love animals and wildlife, travel is a wonderful way to experience the world and broaden our horizons. We get to see nature in a way we haven’t before, whether we’re going to the beach in Key West, hiking mountains in Colorado, or just visiting some pretty lakeshore areas in Wisconsin.
Animals & Gardens, Conservation
April 26, 2023
Arbor Day at Lincoln Park Zoo
Arbor Day was first celebrated in the Nebraska Territory in 1872 as a tree-planting holiday for settlers to the area. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first holiday. After that, more and more states joined the celebration.
April 13, 2023
Bringing Lion Conservation Full Circle: From Lincoln Park Zoo to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
“There’s a hole just there,” Charles Foley, Ph.D. informs me—rather too unconcerned, I think, as I nervously pilot our Nissan 4×4 through a sea of wildebeest and zebra on the Tanzanian shortgrass plains.
March 30, 2023
Bringing Birds Back: The Alexander Center’s Computer Modeling Helps Conserve Puerto Rican Parrots
When you come to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, you’ll encounter many unique scaled, water-based, furred (or not furred, in the case of the naked mole rats) creatures, from Egyptian fruit bats to prehensile-tailed porcupines and Jamaican iguanas.
March 2, 2023
SSP Meeting Notes: Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs
It’s a day at the office like any other. Several people are sitting at a large table in a conference room. Their laptops are set up, showing the telltale squares of a Zoom call. A virtual desktop full of data is being shared to the screen at the front of the room.
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