Blog: Conservation Leadership

Cleaning up waterways for Humboldt Penguins

The Chicago Zoological Society supports many different initiatives around the US and the world. In honor of World Water Day, we’re checking in with our team in Punta San Juan, Peru. 

posted 3/21/2016 9:17:57 PM |



CZS and Forest Preserves Staff Implant Fish with Transmitters

Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) and Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) staff spent Thursday morning implanting radio transmitter chips into fish species for research purposes at McGinnis Field Station in Orland Park.

posted 5/8/2015 2:58:43 PM |



Of Lions and Warriors

When Shivani Bhalla moved to Samburu, Kenya more than 10 years ago, she realized that no one had done any studies on the lions in the area before. Being a conservation biologist and full of passion to help big cats, she started a project called “Ewaso Lions” in 2007. 

posted 5/8/2015 1:53:36 PM |



An Elephant in the Room…

Dr. Douglas-Hamilton is the CEO of Save the Elephants, an organization that he founded in 1993 to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade. He was the first to notify the world of mass poaching in the 1970s while investigating the status of elephants in Africa. He helped begin the worldwide ivory trade ban after his investigation.

posted 5/8/2015 10:20:58 AM |



Tracking & Protecting the Elusive Snow Leopard

Get to know Dr. Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Dr. Jackson is the world's leading expert on snow leopards.

posted 5/7/2015 9:57:09 PM |



Vital Ground has Bearing on Grizzly Sustainability

Get to know Dr. Gary Wolfe, one of the featured speakers at the Wildlife Conservation Expo at Brookfield Zoo on May 9.

posted 5/4/2015 2:59:02 PM |



Green Machine

We know what it means to be green here at the Chicago Zoological Society. We have formed a task force of trustees, Governing Board members, and senior managers to find ways to reduce the impact of our operations on water and energy resources and the climate. We are also working to develop educational resources that help Brookfield Zoo guests and local communities fulfill these same goals.

posted 4/22/2015 1:40:25 PM |



Misericordia Visits Zenda the Lion in Hospital

“Are you sure he is asleep?” was a frequent question I had to answer when I had the chance to spend the morning recently with a group of amazing people and Zenda, the zoo’s eight year old male lion. Zenda was in fact very asleep, having been anesthetized that morning for transport to the animal hospital and a preventative medical examination at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 4/16/2015 4:08:45 PM |



Rachel Cassoff: Bird's Eye View of Dolphins

Rachel Cassoff was motivated to work with dolphins during school by an inspiring marine mammal veterinarian. Now she's following in his footsteps to make a difference of her own! She is a veterinarian who is currently doing PhD work on developing new methods to visually assess the body condition of cetaceans from aerial images of individuals. Rachel conducts her field research in Sarasota Bay, Florida, as part of the world-renowned Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) managed by the Chicago Zoological Society.

posted 4/10/2015 10:05:44 AM |



Making a Difference for Dolphins and Sharks

From the time she was in third grade, Krystan Wilkinson knew she wanted to be a marine biologist working with sharks and dolphins. Now a graduate student at the University of Florida, Krystan has made her dream a reality. She conducts a research study on shark-dolphin interactions in Sarasota Bay, Florida, as part of the world-renowned Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) managed by the Chicago Zoological Society.

posted 4/7/2015 1:03:10 PM |



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