Field Work

Field Work

Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and research programs expand far beyond the boundaries of the zoo. We support a wide range of field work, from grant-supported projects at wildlife refuges and habitats to release programs that return animals to their natural environments.

CZS Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund

The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund which supports conservation-oriented research. Grant funds support research projects that protect populations of threatened and endangered species or threatened habitats of high biological value.

The grant attracts dozens of innovative research projects each quarter, and the most promising of these are awarded funding.

Read more and apply for a CZS CBOT Grant!

Punta San Juan Field Research

Brookfield Zoo veterinarian Dr. Mike Adkesson went on a return visit to the coast of Peru as part of a team conducting a health assessment on Humboldt penguins in the wild. This was his sixth trip to Punta San Juan (or PSJ) since 2007, and, what started out as a single project that year, has now become an on-going field program that continues to grow and expand every year.

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Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program is the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population, over 40 years and counting. The program focuses on many aspects of dolphin biology, including health, behavior, genetics, environmental change, and adverse interactions with humans..

Read more about the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program