Lincoln Park Zoo is a zoological park in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the oldest zoos in the United States, and has been a leader in the field of conservation. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals representing over 1,000 species.
Lincoln Park Zoo is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is the world’s largest conservation organization, and its Red List of Threatened Species is the definitive source of information on the status of plant and animal species worldwide.
Lincoln Park Zoo works closely with the IUCN to conserve endangered species. The zoo is involved in a number of conservation programs, including:
- The Bali Myna Species Survival Plan®: This program helps to manage zoo populations of the critically endangered Bali myna, which is threatened in the wild because of poaching for the pet trade.
- The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project: This project works to protect the Goualougo chimpanzees, which are found in the Congo rainforest.
- The Saving Asian Songbirds Initiative: This initiative works to mitigate the decline of Asian songbird populations due to unsustainable harvesting related to the illegal pet trade.
Lincoln Park Zoo is also a leader in the field of education and outreach. The zoo offers a variety of programs that teach visitors about conservation and the importance of protecting wildlife.
In addition to its work with the IUCN, Lincoln Park Zoo is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA is a professional organization that sets standards for animal care and welfare in zoos and aquariums. Lincoln Park Zoo is accredited by the AZA, which means that it meets the highest standards of animal care.
Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to conservation and education. The zoo works with the IUCN and other organizations to protect endangered species and teach visitors about the importance of wildlife conservation.