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Free and open every day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the midst of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park right on the shores of Lake Michigan, just minutes north of downtown Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Hancock Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.


One of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science Department is dedicated to improving animal management and wildlife conservation. Zoo scientists combine expertise in a range of disciplines to identify threats to zoo and wild populations and develop strategies to ensure their continued existence.

To accomplish this mission of improving animal management and wildlife conservation, Lincoln Park Zoo:

  • Conducts research with direct application to managing and conserving animals in zoos and in the wild
  • Leads field animal conservation efforts on behalf of wild populations
  • Advises population management programs for zoo and wild populations
  • Trains students as well as zoo and conservation professionals

The zoo’s research and conservation efforts focus on programs in small population biology, applied animal behavior, primatology, conservation of wild populations, epidemiology, endocrinology, cognition and learning, and veterinary medicine.

These disciplines are organized into five primary centers, with each center having its own dedicated research staff, support staff and funding: Population Management Center, Urban Wildlife Institute, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology and Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.


Located in Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Center for African Apes, the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes brings together ape experts and organizations from around the world to collaborate on groundbreaking research and education.

The Center’s mission is to conduct multidisciplinary research that will:

  • advance the knowledge of ape biology
  • improve the care and management of apes in zoos and sanctuaries
  • conserve and protect wild populations

Toward that end, the Fisher Center offers unique training and educational opportunities for undergraduate students, student interns, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through collaborative projects with Center staff.


The Education Department at Lincoln Park Zoo creates multiple opportunities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to have meaningful experiences at the zoo. The department runs a number of programs throughout the year, including week-long summer camps for kids – if you are bringing children to Chicago during the conference, take a look at our Summer Camp page (but sign up early!).

The Education Department also schedules on-grounds learning experiences and activities. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
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