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New Arrivals

Wondering what's new at the zoo? Two babies are enjoying birthday milestones as they grow right before our eyes: white-cheeked gibbon Daxin and black rhino King.

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Best In Show will be screened at Lincoln Park Zoo on September 19. Groomed with a View

Pampered pooches are the featured attraction in our free outdoor Zoovies screening of the classic comedy “Best of Show” on Friday, September 19.

Learn More About the Free Zoovies Screening

King Turns One

Baby rhino King celebrated his first birthday on August 26. The growing guy and mom Kapuki enjoyed some outsized enrichment to mark the occasion, which can be viewed here.

Watch King's Birthday Enrichment Video

Lincoln Park Zoo News

September 18, 2014
Post from the President--Sharing Care

Developed by our experts, the ZooMonitor app offers a high-tech way to keep tabs on the zoo’s animals. Now, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we'll share it with zoos across the country. President and CEO Kevin Bell has the details.

September 18, 2014
Cleave it for Beaver

The American beavers at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo can cut down branches with their teeth, but zookeepers use garden pruners to cut down leafy browse for their daily diets.

September 17, 2014
Apes and Grapes

What do motion-triggered cameras, tool-use studies, token-exchange economics and symbol sequencing on computer touch screens have in common?

September 17, 2014
Chacoan Peccaries

The Antelope & Zebra Area has welcomed three male Chacoan peccaries! Similar to a pig, this species is endangered in the wild and is named after the area it originates from—the Gran Chaco region of South America. They're so well adapted to their dry climate that even cacti are part of their diet.

September 16, 2014
LEAPin’ Lizards!

Spaces are going fast in this fall’s popular LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play nature-play program for 2–3 year olds!

September 16, 2014
The Wildlife in Your Backyard

A red fox on the prowl in Jefferson Park? Help zoo scientists—and partners at Adler Planetarium—ID more than 1 million photos of local species with Chicago Wildlife Watch!

September 15, 2014
Black-Crowned Night Herons Thriving

Black-crowned night herons are endangered in Illinois—and thriving in Lincoln Park. Biologist Mason Fidino offers an update on where these birds landed in the breeding season that’s now behind us.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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