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Lincoln Park Zoo's illuminated main mall during ZooLights holiday festival
ZooLights Presented By ComEd and PowerShares QQQ
Join us for the brilliance of this fun, free holiday celebration on select evenings from Friday, November 27–Sunday, January 3! Enjoy enchanting illuminations, an array of festive activities and some very special event nights.

Red Panda Cub Debut

After four months of growing behind the scenes with mom Leafa, red panda cubs Clark and Addison have their debut at the Kovler Lion House!

See the Cubs Step Out for the First Time

Video: A Safe Space for a Shrinking Species

What's next for polar bears at Lincoln Park Zoo? Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout offers a video introduction to Walter Family Arctic Tundra!

Watch a Video About Our New Polar Bear Habitat

New Arrivals

Wondering what's new at the zoo? We're proud to welcome two red panda cubs and a baby Hoffman's two-toed sloth!

See Our Latest Arrivals

Lincoln Park Zoo News

November 27, 2015
The Lights Start Shining Tonight!

We're flipping the on switch for ZooLights Presented By ComEd​ and PowerShares QQQ at 4:25 p.m. today! Join us for an evening of free, spectacular fun.

November 24, 2015
Gobble, Gobble!

Here’s a little-known fact you’ll gobble-gobble up: wild turkeys live in the Chicago area.

November 24, 2015
Post from the President—Nearly Time to Shine

Lincoln Park Zoo CEO and President Kevin Bell lays out the zoo’s holiday welcome mat in his Post from the President.

November 23, 2015
Put It on My Bill, Please

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo strollers have recently enjoyed some close encounters with a fishing resident who prefers spearing over rod and reel when its comes to the next meal.

November 23, 2015
Tickets Almost Sold Out for Adults Night Out at ZooLights

Tickets are almost sold out for Adults Night Out at ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ on Thursday, December 10!

November 23, 2015
Shop for Zoo Holiday Ornaments!

Lincoln Park Zoo has a wide array of whimsical and beautiful holiday ornaments for sale!

November 20, 2015
Sustainable Logging and Great Ape Conservation

Can sustainable logging save the apes Lincoln Park Zoo scientists study in the Republic of Congo's remote Goualougo Triangle? Al Jazeera English reports from the field.

Who's the newest baby? When's the next chance to Sleepover with the Animals? Our weekly ZooMail digest highlights animal updates, program offerings and more!

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Nearly Time to Shine
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The holidays are almost upon us, and with them the glow of ZooLights Presented By ComEd and PowerShares QQQ, which lights for the first time on Friday, November 27!

Celebrate the season with special holiday ADOPT gifts for your favorite animal lovers.

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Support the zoo by purchasing items that contribute to animal care.

Celebrate the zoo's newest arrivals with a special snow monkey plush!

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Celebrate the zoo's newest arrivals with a special snow monkey plush!

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