Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

What is a Pangolin?

What is a pangolin? The first time most people hear the name, they mistakenly assume you said “penguin”.  When corrected, most then just shake their head or say they have no idea what a pangolin is. This odd-looking creature completely covered in scales may not be well known but unfortunately, they have the distinction of being the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal. And now, people are starting to take notice.

posted 2/15/2018 11:30:26 AM



Orangutan Undergoes Successful Appendectomy at Brookfield Zoo

Ben, a 40-year-old male orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, is making a full recovery after an emergency appendectomy on January 23, 2018. The team who performed the surgery included 10 members of the Chicago Zoological Society’s (CZS) veterinary staff as well as medical personnel from AMITA Health Hinsdale and La Grange, including Drs. Eric Yang and William Frymark, general surgeons who have performed this procedure on many of their human patients. Because the anatomy is similar between nonhuman primates and humans, teaming zoo veterinarians with doctors who treat people is fairly routine when it comes to more complicated cases, and even occasionally in other species with specific medical concerns.

posted 2/13/2018 12:01:37 PM



Mexican Wolves at Brookfield Zoo Undergo Reproductive Procedures

Learn how the Chicago Zoological Society worked alongside a team assembled by the Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences Department from Saint Louis Zoo to further advance the science of artificial reproduction to help save the endangered Mexican wolf.

posted 2/8/2018 10:45:26 AM



Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

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