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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. Join Mike Murray, curator of mammals, on a journey to learn more about a specific animal group— from their habits and diets to their individualized care and general personality traits.January 9: Live from Regenstein African Journey with TBAFollowing the meet-and-greet, you will have the opportunity to ask moderated questions about your favorite animals, live from home!SpeakerMike Murray, curator of mammals: 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.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 event will begin with a short introduction, followed by a 20-minute presentation and then a 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. ______________________This virtual experience is taking place with support from the Virtual ZooLights Challenge. If you are interested in staying connected, engaged and active through the winter season, we encourage you to register separately for the Virtual ZooLights Challenge!

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About Lincoln Park Zoornu00a0rnVisionrnInspire communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world.rnu00a0rnMissionrnLincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.rnu00a0rnFundingrnLincoln Park Zoo is a privately managed institution that depends primarily on the support of its visitors, members and donors to remain open and free every day. More than two-thirds of the zoou2019s operating budget is provided by revenue from its food service, retail shops, parking, and fund-raising activities. The remaining portion is provided by a fixed annual subsidy from the Chicago Park District.rnu00a0rnLeadershiprnLincoln Park Zoo is ambitiousu2014a direct reflection of our executive staff and the passion they bring to the zoo each and every day. Their talents lead to the conservation of animals around the world, the cataloguing of critically endangered plants at the zoo, the development of learning programs throughout Chicago, and the creation of animal-care techniques that benefit individuals across the globe. The zoo also relies on its Board of Trustees for leadership and guidance. Providing insights on financial and operational matters, they are primarily responsible for the fiscal health of the zoo. The Womenu2019s Board and Auxiliary Board provide supportive funds through extensive fundraising efforts, such as Zoo Ball, and public service initiatives, such as Spooky Zoo.rnu00a0rnu00a0rnReservation and Ticket PoliciesrnCapacityrnLincoln Park Zoo reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of reservations available on any given date/time based on visitor data, operational capacity, and/or City and State guidelines.rnu00a0rnWaitlistrnAt times, Lincoln Park Zoo may open a waitlist for select days. A waitlist allows guests to sign up and be notified if additional reservations become available. We cannot guarantee additional reservations will be made available, but if reservations are released, Lincoln Park Zoo will contact you 24 to 48 hours prior to the event to provide purchase instructions.rnu00a0rnRefundsrnLincoln Park Zoo makes every attempt to provide excellent customer service for guests who purchase tickets and attend our paid-ticketed events. All events at Lincoln Park Zoo are non-refundable, although some Eventbrite ticketed events can be transferred to another name by emailing us 24 hours in advance of the event start.rnu00a0rnWeather/EmergenciesrnLincoln Park Zoo and associated events are rain or shine. In the case of severe weather or unexpeced emergencies, we will do all we can to notify guests in advance of specific cancellations .rnu00a0rnPhotography and Filming NoticernDuring your virtual and in-person visit to Lincoln Park Zoo, you may be recorded or photographed by or on behalf of Lincoln Park Zoo. Your purchase/entry to this program serves as permission for use of your image by Lincoln Park Zoo.rnu00a0rnLincoln Park Zoo regularly uses this media to review our practices as well as safeguard our participants should any unwanted behavior arise. At times recordings/photographs are requested by the media for promotional consideration as well. Lincoln Park Zoo may also share the recorded video or photographs after the program, for future promotional efforts. u00a0rnu00a0rnIf you do not want your likeness or name recorded at virtual events, please ensure your camera is turned off and the alias associated with your account is updated.rnu00a0rnLincoln Park Zoo will do everything possible to communicate media schedules in advance as well as clarify recording status to all guests participating in both virtual and in-person events.

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