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Virtual Meet-and-Greet a Lincoln Park Zoo Animal
August 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am CDT
Virtual Meet-and-Greet a Lincoln Park Zoo Animal
Saturdays, August 8, and August 22 at 10 a.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo is home to nearly 200 species. During this virtual experience, you will start your day with an intimate look at the fascinating animals living at Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday, you will join other guests and one of our animal curators, on a journey to learn more about a specific animal group— from their habits and diets to their individualized care and general personality traits.
Following the meet-and-greet, you will have the opportunity to ask moderated questions about your favorite animals, live from home!
Saturday, August 8: Live from the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove with the African Penguins
Saturday, August 22: Live from Walter Family Arctic Tundra with the Polar Bears
Members get 10% off their ticket to this virtual event. Please enter the first three digits of your member number in the ‘Promo Code’ field prior to checking-out.
This event is suitable for guests of all ages. After registering online, you will receive a unique link to view the event through the Zoom live video platform within two hours of the event. Please be sure you access the link prior to the event to ensure a proper connection.
The format of this event will be a short introduction, followed by an approximate 20-minute presentation and conclude with an approximate 10-minute Q&A.
As a reminder, 100% of revenue received from tickets purchased support Lincoln Park Zoo’s state-of-the-art animal initiatives, worldwide conservation efforts, and local education programs. We thank you for your support.
Dan Boehm, Curator of Small Mammal-Reptile House, Children’s Zoo, Camel & Zebra (July 11)
Dan started working at Lincoln Park Zoo in 1998 as an animal keeper at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House and was promoted to assistant lead keeper of that building in 2001. In 2004, he was promoted to zoological manager of Small Mammal-Reptile House and Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo and was part of the design, construction, and successful opening of the children’s zoo in 2005. Dan is currently the zoological manager of Small Mammal-Reptile House, Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, and Camel & Zebra. Across the zoo, he is responsible for a very diverse collection of 84 species and a team of 21 animal keepers.
Sunny Nelson, Curator of Birds (July 25, August 8)
Sunny began her career as a birds and small animals keeper at Zoo Atlanta. She has been at Lincoln Park Zoo since 2010, first as lead keeper of the McCormick Bird House, then as Zoological Manager, and currently as Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds. Sunny oversees a diverse avian collection of more than 55 species.
Sunny is the Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator and studbook keeper for the Inca tern population. She also works closely with the AZA’s Population Management Center (PMC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources to maintain a master studbook for the Puerto Rican Parrot captive breeding and recovery program.
Sunny is currently working on the Bali Mynah recovery program and the Asian Songbird Crisis group, and currently serves on the steering committees for the Avian Scientific Advisory Group, PaCCT Taxon advisory group, and Anseriformes taxon advisory group
Mike Murray, Curator of Mammals (August 22)
Mike worked at three different zoos before joining Lincoln Park Zoo in 2017. His career started at Binder Park Zoo, and he has also worked at Denver Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Mike currently oversees the species and keeper teams at Regenstein African Journey, Walter Family Arctic Tundra, Pepper Family Wildlife Center, Kovler Seal Pool, and Farm- in-the-Zoo. He actively works with other departments and organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on maintaining optimal animal welfare and sustainable populations.
Actively involved in AZA programs, Mike is the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinator for Nile lechwe, a vice-chair of Antelope and Giraffe Taxon Advisory Group, and a steering committee member for the African Painted Dog SSP®. Mike is also active with Polar Bears International working climate change conservation action.
Previous Meet-and-Greets include:
Saturday, May 2: Live from Regenstein African Journey with the Giraffes and Meerkats
Saturday, May 16: Live from Walter Family Arctic Tundra with the Polar Bears
Saturday, May 30: Live from Regenstein African Journey with the Rhinos
Saturday, June 13: Live from Regenstein African Journey with the Plains Zebras and African Painted Dogs
Saturday, June 27: Live from the Kovler Seal Pool with the Harbor and Gray Seals
Saturday, July 11: Live from the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo with the American Black Bears and Red Wolves
Saturday, July 25: Live from the Waterfowl Lagoon with the Chilean flamingos