What goes on behind the scenes?

My name is Dr. Lance Miller, and I’m the Senior Director of Animal Welfare Research here at Brookfield Zoo. The animal welfare research team works with both animal care and veterinary services, as part of the holistic efforts of the Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare, to provide the highest levels of care for the animals at Brookfield Zoo. We want to make sure that all animals don’t just survive, but thrive!


I am excited to announce the beginning of a new series of articles from the animal welfare research team.  Throughout the year, you’ll hear from my team and me about some of the amazing and ground breaking work we’re doing at Brookfield Zoo, and about research throughout North America and the world!

Dolphins at Brookfield Zoo

You’ll hear from Catherine Razal who’s working with giraffes to determine if their behavior changes in the summer versus the winter. Dr. Melinda Conners is working with our dolphins and a pod in the wild to monitor and compare indicators of their wellbeing. We’ll also tell you about Dr. Katie Hall’s work and how she’s helping chimpanzees around the U.S. and world through a special program called WelfareTrak, which was developed at Brookfield Zoo. And, you’ll learn about a workshop on the psychological significance of play behavior in animals. 

We hope you will enjoy learning about all of our exciting animal welfare research projects and please feel free to reach out with any questions. 
-Lance Miller, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Animal Welfare Research

Posted: 2/9/2016 10:15:19 AM by Bryan Todd Oakley

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