Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

Meet Dr. Balko - Veterinary Fellow

Did you know there are veterinarians who specialize in anesthesiology?  Not only does the Chicago Zoological Society have a highly skilled team of veterinarians with advanced training in zoo animals and wildlife, but we are also fortunate to have two veterinarians on our team with advanced training specifically in anesthesiology.

posted 1/23/2017 1:54:00 PM

Tracking Black Rhino Reproduction Using Hormone Monitoring

Brookfield Zoo is home to two black rhinos, a male, Nakili, and a female, Layla. They are deemed breeding partners and are slowly being introduced to each other in the hopes of a successful pregnancy in the near future. Through this,  I get to help monitor Layla's progress. 

posted 1/11/2017 11:22:21 AM

Update: Mexican Wolf Recovery Program

In an update released by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, one of the partners in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, two young adult Mexican gray wolves were observed and positively identified as the offspring of Ernesta. Ernesta was the female Mexican gray wolf that resided at Brookfield Zoo from 2010 - 2012 and was released to the wild in 2014 as part of the recovery program. Sadly, Ernesta's remains were found in January 2015, but as you can see from the below release, she has contributed greatly to the program as her legacy lives on with her pups. We are extremely proud to be a partner in the recovery program and to be able to contribute to this important conservation effort for the Mexican wolf population.

posted 1/6/2017 5:23:17 PM

Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

Read the latest exciting stories about how our experts are advancing the science of “animal-directed” care through innovative programs at Brookfield Zoo and global field efforts.


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