WBEZ | Lincoln Park Zoo http://www.wbez.org/tags/lincoln-park-zoo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hawks on the rise http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/hawks-rise-109889 <p><p><a href="http://interactive.wbez.org/curiouscity/hawks/#/page1" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bird%20TOPPER.jpg" title="" /></a></p><p><em>Artwork by Chicago-based artist <a href="http://dianasudyka.com/">Diana Sudyka</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140433257&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><em>Editor&#39;s note: This episode of the Curious City podcast includes a story about the resurgence of Cooper&#39;s Hawks in Chicago. It starts at 4 minutes, 45 seconds into the program.&nbsp;(Subscribe via&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-city/id568409161" target="_blank">iTunes&nbsp;</a>or&nbsp;<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CuriousCityPodcast" target="_blank">Feedburner</a>!)&nbsp;</em></p><p>This story about hawks was a long time coming for Carole Zemont of Chicago&rsquo;s Norwood Park neighborhood. Carole thinks she&rsquo;s &ldquo;genetically predisposed&rdquo; to be interested in birds, after growing up watching them at the bird feeder her mother put up in their backyard.</p><p>That lifelong interest &mdash; as well as a recent hawk sighting of hers &mdash; led Carole to ask Curious City:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Is anybody studying the increasing hawk activity in Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods?</em></p><p>Her question covers several topics, including the people on the lookout for hawks, but we thought we owed it to Carole to suss out whether &mdash; in fact &mdash; there&rsquo;s a local population of hawks on the rise. While tracking this down, we came across a bit of a wildlife conservation success story.</p><p><strong>(Chicken) hawks on the increase</strong></p><p>Observant bird-watchers like Carole suspect there are more hawks in the area, but have professional researchers taken note, too?</p><p>Well, there are several local researchers who study and document the goings-on of wild critters in our urban and suburban environment, but when it comes to studying hawks specifically, we can turn up only one: Mason Fidino of the Urban Wildlife Institute. Founded in 2009, the Institute&rsquo;s part of Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Park Zoo.</p><p>For the first part of Carole&rsquo;s question, does Fidino&rsquo;s work show that there is an increased hawk population in Chicago? &nbsp;&ldquo;Yes! It&rsquo;s a pretty resounding yes,&rdquo; he says. Fidino is recreating a historic bird count that was conducted in Lincoln Park from 1897 to 1903, and he&rsquo;s able to compare current bird populations with this century-old data. One hawk in particular stands out in Fidino&rsquo;s studies: the Cooper&rsquo;s Hawk, which he describes as the &ldquo;most abundant,&rdquo; frequently seen bird of prey in Lincoln Park. This is quite a change from the historic study, where the Cooper&rsquo;s Hawk &ldquo;was not seen whatsoever.&rdquo;</p><p>These birds were once widely viewed as a menace and even hunted in the past. Nicknamed &ldquo;chicken hawks,&rdquo; they were despised as chicken thieves.</p><p>Fidino points me to the historical record, where we can find sentiments from people like Alfred O. Gross, a man who eventually became a respected ornithologist. In 1906 Gross conducted a bird census in Illinois. He described the Cooper&rsquo;s Hawk as a &ldquo;handsome robber&rdquo; with a &ldquo;perverted taste for chicken.&rdquo;<a href="http://www.thinglink.com/scene/502929837053181952" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Cooper's Hawk inline image.jpg" style="height: 443px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Rendering of a Cooper's Hawk, otherwise known as a Chicken Hawk, by Chicago artist Diana Sudyka." /></a></p><p>Later, the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/ddt-brief-history-status.htm" target="_blank">pesticide DDT </a>also damaged their population. Cooper&rsquo;s Hawks mostly eat other birds, so they would have ingested all of the DDT concentrated in their prey animals. The pesticide caused eggshells to thin, and they would crack under the weight of the large birds. The Cooper&rsquo;s Hawk was even on Illinois&rsquo; endangered species list from 1977 through 1997.</p><p>Eventually, human interference loosened: We stopped shooting &ldquo;chicken hawks,&rdquo; we banned DDT, and, according to Fidino, the hawks came back.</p><p><strong>How easy is it to see one?</strong></p><p>Mason Fidino says you can find hawks in the city if you look for them &mdash;especially Cooper&rsquo;s Hawks. &ldquo;Often enough you&rsquo;ll see hawks circling around,&rdquo; he says, adding you can also spot them perched on tree branches. Fidino advises curious residents to &ldquo;spend some time on a weekend, take a walk out in a park. You should be able to see a bird of prey or two.&rdquo;</p><p>Fidino says he sometimes even sees hawks hunting in Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Park. If you see something quickly zooming towards the ground, it could be a hawk looking for lunch. For his part, Fidino will see the hunting bird just out of the corner of his eye. It will be &ldquo;this really quick movement going from the top of the tree downwards to whatever it&rsquo;s trying to catch. Then its talons go out, and it grabs what it&rsquo;s going after and then it&rsquo;ll swing back up or land with it,&rdquo; he says.</p><p>Cooper&rsquo;s Hawks have nests that are smaller than squirrels&rsquo; bulky, leafy nests. Another way to catch a glimpse of a hawk is to keep an eye on their nest &ldquo;and see who shows up,&rdquo; Fidino says.</p><p><strong>A possible hawk menace?</strong></p><p>It&rsquo;s reassuring to see a previously struggling species thrive, but perhaps you&rsquo;re wondering about a downside. Cooper&rsquo;s Hawks survive mostly by hunting smaller birds. Will we be hearing about a &ldquo;save the chickadees&rdquo; campaign in a few years?<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr_%20Mike%20Ormsby_Copper%27s%20Hawk.jpg" style="height: 346px; width: 275px; float: left;" title="Cooper's Hawks look very similar to Sharp-shinned Hawks, but differences can be detected with key details like tail feather shape. Our field guide gives more clues for distinguishing the species. (Flickr/Mike Ormsby)" /></p><p>Fidino is not worried. Populations of top predators like hawks tend to be much smaller than their prey species. The relatively few chickadees or pigeons who end up being a hawk&rsquo;s lunch shouldn&rsquo;t significantly damage their population. The various bird populations, Fidino says, &ldquo;should be able to work themselves out into what you&rsquo;d kind of consider an equilibrium.&rdquo;</p><p>Hawks mostly hunt birds, although they&rsquo;ll also dine on small mammals. It&rsquo;s very rare for pets to come under attack by raptors. However, when pressed, Fidino will advise that owners of small pets might want to &ldquo;be mindful of the species that they&rsquo;re adding to the ecosystem,&rdquo; and perhaps not leave especially tiny dogs unattended in the back yard.</p><p><strong>The adaptation game</strong></p><p>Carole wondered if we&rsquo;re seeing more hawks in Chicago because they&rsquo;ve developed adaptive behaviors to live in cities. Dr. Seth Magle, the Urban Wildlife Institute&rsquo;s director, says that&rsquo;s not the case. He described the concept of &ldquo;habitat analogs,&rdquo; where parts of our built environment function to animals the way their natural habitat does.</p><p>Magle provides the example of pigeons. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re cliff-dwelling species, but in cities we build these big tall buildings, so to pigeons they may kind of look like cliffs,&rdquo; and thus look like home, he says.</p><p>Hawk behavior is similar. Red-tailed hawks like to perch on something tall, and power lines along the highway function perfectly for that task. Other species, including the Cooper&rsquo;s Hawk, feel perfectly at home in trees near humans. And why not, now that we city-dwellers and suburbanites are more interested in watching hawks than shooting them.</p><p><em>Special thanks to the <a href="http://www.birds.cornell.edu" target="_blank">Cornell Lab of Ornithology</a> for permission to use images, bird listings and sound for this story.</em></p><p><em>Katie Klocksin is an independent producer. Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/katieklocksin" target="_blank">@KatieKlocksin</a>.<a name="hawkscreensavers"></a></em></p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/hawks-rise-109889 Baby gorilla seriously injured at Chicago zoo http://www.wbez.org/news/baby-gorilla-seriously-injured-chicago-zoo-105762 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/gorilla.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A 3-month-old gorilla has been seriously injured at Chicago&#39;s Lincoln Park Zoo while in an enclosure with other gorillas.</p><p>Zoo President Kevin Bell says they&#39;re not sure what caused the injury, although it appears to have been inflicted by another gorilla. Bell says there were no previous signs of violence from the group.</p><p>The baby gorilla named Nayembi suffered cuts to her face last week. Zoo workers quickly separated the mother and baby from the rest of the group.</p><p>Zoo officials are cautiously optimistic about a recovery.</p><p>The zoo has its own hospital where the gorilla is being treated.</p><p>A statement on the Lincoln Park Zoo&#39;s website says that in an encouraging sign the gorilla is playing during the day and getting plenty of sleep at night.</p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/baby-gorilla-seriously-injured-chicago-zoo-105762 Chicago museums see 2012 bump in attendance http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-museums-see-2012-bump-attendance-105261 <p><p>Attendance increased by about 600,000 at Chicago-area zoos and museums last year.</p><p>Fifteen Chicago-area attractions are members of the Museums Work for Chicago group, which released attendance data on Thursday. The group says attendance was 15.1 million during 2012. That&#39;s up from 14.4 million during 2011, when attendance remained steady from 2010.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s Lincoln Park Zoo topped the list with 3.5 million visitors. Brookfield Zoo had 2.3 million visitors and the Shedd Aquarium had 2.1 million. The Chicago Children&#39;s Museum saw a 10 percent increase and the Chicago History Museum had a 9 percent increase.</p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-museums-see-2012-bump-attendance-105261 The bird man of Lincoln Park Zoo http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/bird-man-lincoln-park-zoo-103132 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LP%20Swan%20flickr%20stirwise.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kerry Lannert)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63538745&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Lincoln Park Zoo opens at 7 a.m.</p><p>By then, most of its animals have snorted, stretched, wiggled, flapped and, without benefit of any coffee, otherwise roused themselves for another day of exhibiting their easy wonder.</p><p>Kevin Bell, my guest later in the show, does have coffee in the morning: One cup; he needs it. He gets to the zoo at 6 a.m.., something he has done almost every day for nearly four decades, ever since he was 23 and came here from New York to become curator of birds&mdash;the youngest curator in the zoo&#39;s history.</p><p>Birds were the zoo&rsquo;s first animals. They arrived in 1868, a pair of mute swans that were a gift from New York City&#39;s Central Park. They came by train; it took two days.</p><p>Many things have changed at the zoo during the last 144 years, but one wonderful thing has not: It&#39;s free, one of only three major U.S. zoos (the others are in Washington, D.C., and St. Louis) that charge no admission.</p><p>Those two swans soon multiplied to 13, and by 1874 the animal population swelled to 48 birds and 27 mammals. That year a bear was bought for $10 and the Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens was officially formed, making our zoo-though arguments come from Philadelphia&mdash;the first in the U.S.</p><p>It has grown&mdash;more animals, more land-over the years. But it has always bee&mdash;and remains&mdash;a special slice of the city.</p><p>A zoo, especially one as accessible and democratic as Lincoln Park&#39;s, sits in a pleasant spot in one&#39;s memory and provides a strong thread through one&#39;s life. It is a place where virtually every Chicago-area child is taken by his parents and where, in turn, these children take their children and their children and on and on through the generations.</p><p>It is an early morning last week. Outside, people stroll. Inside and outside, animals prowl. Lincoln Park Zoo shakes its furry, feathered self to life.</p><p>Kevin Bell is there, of course.</p><p>Bell says, &quot;For a little while, my time is my own. This hour is mine, and I spend it with the birds.&rdquo;</p><p>We are outside and a couple of tiny sparrows, prosaic city birds free to scurry about the trees above Bell&#39;s head, make some funny noise&mdash;you know, that chirping noise that always sounds happy. They fly off and Bell watches them, until they are but specks in the city sky.</p></p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/bird-man-lincoln-park-zoo-103132 Chicago zoo helps vaccinate dogs in Tanzania http://www.wbez.org/science/environment/chicago-zoo-helps-vaccinate-dogs-tanzania-98574 <p><p>Officials with a Chicago zoo say they've vaccinated a million dogs in Tanzania as part of a project to eliminate rabies and save endangered carnivores in the Serengeti National Park.</p><p>The Lincoln Park Zoo says its project began in 2003 and the zoo's Serengeti Health Initiative team has worked in villages in northern Tanzania to administer the donated vaccines.</p><p>Zoo officials announced their one millionth vaccination in a news release Wednesday.</p><p>Steve Thompson is the zoo's vice president of conservation. He says the populations of already-endangered carnivores like lions and African wild dogs were declining as native species were contracting rabies from local domestic dogs.</p><p>Zoo officials estimate that the vaccinations have saved about 150 humans from rabies infections as well.</p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/science/environment/chicago-zoo-helps-vaccinate-dogs-tanzania-98574 JoJo the gorilla moves from Chicago zoo to 'burbs http://www.wbez.org/story/jojo-gorilla-moves-chicago-zoo-burbs-97534 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-22/JoJo the gorilla_ Lincoln Park zoo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>JoJo the silverback gorilla is leaving Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo for a new home in the suburbs. And zoo officials hope he'll start a family once he's there.</p><p>The 31-year-old is being moved from the city's North Side to Brookfield Zoo in the western suburbs. There are female gorillas at Brookfield who zoo officials hope the 485-pound ape will mate with. Two female gorillas are also leaving Lincoln Park Zoo as part of a breeding program. They'll go to zoos in Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio.</p><p>A goodbye birthday party will be held for JoJo on April 10.</p><p>In more moves, two young male apes will arrive at Lincoln Park this summer to share a habitat with two other males who live there.</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jojo-gorilla-moves-chicago-zoo-burbs-97534 Chimps in Super Bowl ads cause controversy http://www.wbez.org/story/chimps-super-bowl-ads-cause-controversy-96057 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/career builder ad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ueQqhx3qfJ8" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Chicago-based CareerBuilder is coming under fire for <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/careerbuilder-super-bowl-ad-business-trip-031/2012/02/01/gIQApztWiQ_video.html">its latest Super Bowl ad</a> featuring chimpanzees. This is not the first year CareerBuilder has featured chimpanzees as actors in its ads, and it's not the first time Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has spoken out against the ads.</p><p>But this is the first year <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0026048">a study</a> has been published showing that chimps used in entertainment has a negative impact. Brian Hare at Duke University led the study.</p><p>"Seeing chimpanzees in TV like this actually makes people think they're great pets - that they're not endangered," Hare said.</p><p>Hare said the bigger issue, though, is the international reach of Super Bowl ads. He said people watching in countries where endangered chimps live put the animals in further peril.</p><p>"If they see that there's a market, that there's people who are interested in these animals, that people in the United States dress them up and want to treat them as pets - it will not be but one second before they're out going to collect some so they can then sell them," Hare said.</p><p>Hare added that there is already a great apes trade active in Africa, but that this exposure does not help matters. Hare would like CareerBuilder to explore other options like using animation.</p><p>Career Builder said the chimps were treated humanely and that the ads are effective.</p></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chimps-super-bowl-ads-cause-controversy-96057 Daily Rehearsal: Simon Callows is 'Being Shakespeare' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-11/daily-rehearsal-simon-callows-being-shakespeare-95462 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-11/5789735274_5092bba0d1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-11/5789735274_5092bba0d1.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 203px; " title="Simon Callow filming 'In Love with Shakespeare' (Flickr/Andy Houghton)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;British actor&nbsp;Simon Callow</strong></span></span> will be bring the well-reviewed&nbsp;<em>Being Shakespeare</em> to CST (it runs at the Broadway Playhouse as part of <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=7,10,2">World's Stage</a>, their program that hosts companies from outside Chicago), "a virtuosic solo performance that weaves together excerpts from William Shakespeare's plays and poems, breathing new life into his unforgettable characters and the real man behind the legend." Those of you who have Netflix Instant might remember Callow also as that older hilarious gentleman who (spoiler for a movie that came out in 1994) dies suddenly in <em>Four Weddings and &nbsp;Funeral</em>. <em>Being Shakespeare</em> will run for a week only,&nbsp;April 18–29, 2012.</p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:20.25pt;margin-bottom:15.0pt;margin-left: 1.5pt;line-height:15.6pt"><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; color: black; "><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Watch <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-23/daily-rehearsal-ultimate-list-best-theater-lists-95136">Doyle and Debbie on <em>Conan </em></a>last night</strong></span></span>:</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" height="441" id="ep" width="640"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TBS/cvp/teamcoco_drupal_embed.swf?context=teamcoco_embed_offsite&amp;videoId=22785"><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" height="441" src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TBS/cvp/teamcoco_drupal_embed.swf?context=teamcoco_embed_offsite&amp;videoId=22785" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></object></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. American Players Theatre’s Artistic Director David Frank is retiring</strong></span></span> (in a few years), and they've announced that he will be replaced by Brenda DeVita, current Associate Artistic Director. According to Board of Directors President Barbara Swan, this move has been in the works for awhile. And for DeVita: "I love my job. I love artists. What could be better?” Frank: "Brenda DeVita has been fulfilling ninety percent of a typical artistic director’s job for several years and the results, including the recent lavish praise for APT’s work from the regional and national press, speak for themselves." So what have you been doing Frank? Kelly Kleiman <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-18/non-endless-summer-american-players-crime-and-punishment-89312">has praised the Spring Green-based theater in the past</a>, especially last summer's <em>Crime and Punishment</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Dates for upcoming Jeff awards have been announced</strong></span></span>: Non-Equity is Monday June 4 at the Park West here in Chicago; Equity on October 15 at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Snag an invite early.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. We must have missed it</strong></span></span> when three men attempted to live in like hummingbirds at the Lincoln Park Zoo this past summer -- and not for a performance art piece. If you were also spending your hours elsewhere, catch all the action on their new series&nbsp;<em>Live Like An Animal: Human Hummingbird</em>, which airs Tuesday, Jan. 17 on Nat Geo WILD:</p><p>"The television hosts Lloyd Buck, Matt Thompson and James Cooper constructed the human-scale bird nest over several days at the zoo... To mimic the hummingbirds’ diet of flower nectar, they subsist on a sickly sweet concoction, triggering a dramatic sugar&nbsp;overload and subsequent wild behavior. Matt attempts to entice ladies at the zoo with a less-than-impressive hummingbird courtship dance, and at the end of their adventure living like human hummingbirds a major threat to the nest rolls in: a storm."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-11/daily-rehearsal-simon-callows-being-shakespeare-95462 Clever Apes: Toolmakers http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2011-06-28/clever-apes-toolmakers-88461 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-29/clever apes tools_Gabe Spitzer.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="A chimp at the Lincoln Park Zoo uses a stick to fish for food. " class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/termite fishing.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 5px;" title="A chimp at the Lincoln Park Zoo uses a stick to fish for food. "></p><p>As we human beings have come up against our limits throughout history, we’ve managed to invent tools that can overcome them. Using tools we can fly, restart a human heart, photograph galaxies and amoebae. Tools are so central to our humanity that we used to think they defined us: <a href="http://www.janegoodall.org/chimp-central-toolmakers">“Man the Toolmaker.”</a></p><p>That notion began to unravel in the 1960s, as <a href="http://www.janegoodall.org/jane-goodall">Jane Goodall </a>discovered that humans aren’t the only clever apes around. Chimps, too, make and use tools. It was an existential turning point: As Goodall sponsor Louis Leakey famously responded, “Now we have to redefine tool, redefine man, or accept chimpanzees as humans.”</p><p>That line has only gotten fuzzier since then, thanks in part to work done on chimps and gorillas at Chicago’s <a href="http://www.lpzoo.org/conservation-science/resources/staff-bios/elizabeth-v-lonsdorf-phd">Lincoln Park Zoo. </a>In this installment of Clever Apes we’ll meet a few of these crafty primates, and consider what the tools can teach us about the toolmakers.</p><p>Listen here:</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483530-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Clever_Apes_Toolmakers.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Then we’ll pivot to another tool that probes – in this case, one that analyzes art (and, it turns out, artists). It’s an <a href="http://www.amptek.com/xrf.html">X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer</a>, but we prefer to call it the “science gun.” We see it in action at the Art Institute of Chicago, thanks to conservation scientist <a href="http://www.matsci.northwestern.edu/aic/about_us.htm">Francesca Casadio</a>.</p><p>Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the Clever Apes&nbsp;<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast" target="_blank" title="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast">podcast</a>, follow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/cleverapes" target="_blank" title="http://twitter.com/#!/cleverapes">Twitter</a>, find us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412" target="_blank" title="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412">Facebook</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="Francesca Casadio trains her 'science gun' on a 1000-year-old Chinese sculpture." class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/IMG_3707.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="Francesca Casadio trains her 'science gun' on a 1000-year-old Chinese sculpture."></p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2011-06-28/clever-apes-toolmakers-88461 Scientist concludes animals, not just humans, have culture http://www.wbez.org/story/scientist-concludes-animals-not-just-humans-have-culture-87034 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-25/chimps 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do animals have culture? If you’re talking about chimps and you’re asking Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf of <a href="http://www.lpzoo.org/">Lincoln Park Zoo</a>, she’ll tell you yes. It’s an unorthodox and somewhat controversial opinion in her field of primatology but it’s a professional opinion she’s developed after years of studying chimps in her lab and in the wild.</p><p>When Lonsdorf spoke recently at Northwestern University she talked about observations she and her colleagues have made about tool use among chimps. Before Jane Goodall, the godmother of chimp research, observed her charges using long strands of grass to extract tasty insects from a large anthill, it was thought that only humans made tools.</p><p>Lonsdorf’s group has taken Goodall’s research a step further by identifying differences in tool use among various chimp populations, differences that can’t easily be explained by geography, or access to resources - differences she’s inclined to label as cultural.</p><p>They may not be discussing Satre or writing poetry, but you may be surprised at what these little guys <em>are</em> up to. You can hear Lonsdorf’s descriptions of some startling (and ballsy) chimp behavior, and her argument for why that constitutes culture, in the audio excerpt above.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified’s</em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf spoke to an audience assembled by the <a href="http://c2st.org/">Chicago Council on Science and Technology</a> in April. Click <a href="../../story/mind-chimpanzee-86851">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</p></p> Fri, 27 May 2011 20:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/scientist-concludes-animals-not-just-humans-have-culture-87034