For decades, residents appreciated and used Chicago’s green spaces primarily for leisure, and Lincoln Park Zoo likewise served principally as a recreational destination. Over the years, however, the zoo evolved in tandem with public awareness of the importance of the natural world. This shift in focus led to the establishment of the zoo’s Conservation and Science Department in 1989 with a staff of just two scientists. By 2008, the zoo employed dozens of scientists and established the Urban Wildlife Institute (UWI) to study urban ecosystems and minimize human-wildlife conflict. As the scope of conservation programs has expanded, local residents have played increasingly important roles in these initiatives.
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