Wondering what's new at the zoo? The latest arrivals include tiny dwarf mongooses and a growing gibbon.
June 26, 2014
Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House is happy to announce baby dwarf mongooses. This unique species is Africa’s smallest carnivore, known for communal living in groups of up to 40 members with a dominant female.
The zoo is very excited to have five new swan goose goslings join the Waterfowl Lagoon recently. This vulnerable species can be found in southeast Russia, China, Mongolia and North and South Korea. The newly hatched swan geese have yet to fully fledge and still find comfort by resting in the shade of the exhibit near mom and dad.
Juvenile white-cheeked gibbon Daxin is growing fast at the Helen Brach Primate House. Daxin was born less than a year ago with a light tan coat.
Like all gibbons his age, he’s now seeing his fur transition to black. Since he’s a male, it will stay black for the remainder of his life. (Female gibbons see their coats revert back to tan upon reaching maturity.)
The Farm-in-the-Zoo is proud to welcome a new Mangalitsa piglet, born just this week! This unique Hungarian breed of pig is known for its very long and curly coat of fur, making it somewhat resesemble a sheep.
The Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond has once again welcomed hatchlings, as four trumpeter swan cygnets are swimming on the pond with mom and dad. The small swans will spend summer growing at the zoo before being reintroduced to the wild in fall through the Iowa Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project.
The Sichuan takin herd at the Antelope & Zebra Area has welcomed a new baby! The new arrival, a male, was born to female Jinse on April 23. The calf has joined the herd on exhibit, including mom, older brother Mengyao, half-sibling Xing Fu and female Mei Li.
A baby crowned lemur has joined the troop at the Helen Brach Primate House. Born April 14, the new arrival is the fifth offspring for breeding pair Tucker and Sokkwi but the first born at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Baby white-cheeked gibbon Daxin cuddles up with mom Burma at the Helen Brach Primate House. The two share their exhibit with dad Caruso and brother Sai. Daxin, who wasborn last August, is starting to show more independence, but he still has a ways to go in matching the older apes in their acrobatic play.
Pierre is growing up quickly! The little monkey has mostly replaced the orange coloration of birth with the black fur that defines adult Francois’ langurs. He also shows a lot of activity in the exhibit he shares with four other langurs, bounding from branch to branch all on his own.
Born: January 31 and February 9, 2013 Updated: December 10, 2013
Mengyao and Xing Fu, the male Sichuan takins born January 31 and February 9, 2013, now sport 3–4-inch horns, lighter coats and are about halfway to their full-grown weight—which ultimately might be as much as 700 pounds! The two are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, when they can be seen trotting about the herd’s yard and climbing on their big log. The kids graze alongside moms Jinse and Mei Li and still occasionally head-butt dad Quanli, who gently tolerates their playful challenge until a single snort sends them scampering off.
The newest residents of the Helen Brach Primate House are a four-member crowned lemur family consisting of male Sokkwi, female Tucker, son Nuru and their most recent offspring, 5-month-old boy Azizi. Native to Madagascar, this primate species is named for the crown-shaped marking above its forehead.
After several weeks bonding behind the scenes with mom Kapuki at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit, baby King has made his public debut! The rapidly growing male rhino can be seen following mom around their outdoor yard…although it’s always an option for them to head inside for a rest.
Weighing in at 60 pounds at birth, this little rhino is growing behind the scenes with mom at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit. He’s a welcome addition for an endangered population and should be making his public debut in a couple weeks!
A baby white-cheeked gibbon cuddles up with mom, Burma, at the Helen Brach Primate House. The little one, born August 16, is the fourth offspring for Burma and mate Caruso. Its gender still unknown, the baby shares the exhibit with its parents and brother Sai, who turned 3 in January. Its golden coat matches mom’s colors now but will darken to dad’s black by the time the new arrival is 2 years old.
Look for a splash of color in the Helen Brach Primate House—our resident Francois’ langur group has welcomed a new baby! Infants in the species have vibrant orange coats, a strong contrast to the black coloration of adults. The little one’s coat will fade in 3–6 months, but regardless of its color, the new arrival is an important milestone for a species that’s endangered in the wild.
Three new harbor seals have splashed into the Kovler Sea Lion Pool! These active marine mammals can be seen gliding through the water—and acclimating to their daily operant conditioning sessions, which provide extra enrichment and teach them how to participate in their own care.
Four male Kenya crested guineafowl have moved into the Dry Thorn Forest exhibit at Regenstein African Journey. They are just under 1 year old and share the exhibit with klipspringers and masked lovebirds.
Two spotted hyenas are prowling one of the exhibits along the McCormick Bear Habitat north of Regenstein African Journey. These powerful predators—males, ages 14 and 3—arrived from Denver Zoo. They can often be seen playing and chasing one another.
Ostriches in the Antelope & Zebra Area? These two new females are spending their quarantine period on the zoo’s south end. When they get the go-ahead from veterinary staff in coming weeks, they’re slated to move to the more traditional home of Kovler African Savanna.
A second baby for Kwan's gorilla group at Regenstein Center for African Apes was born November 16! The new arrival, a girl, was born to female Rollie. The baby joins Patty, who was born to female Bana on October 11.
Animal care staff have determined the gender of Bana's baby at Regenstein Center for African Apes, and it's a girl! The little one, who spends nearly all her time snuggled in mom's arms, has been named Patty in honor of a great friend of the zoo.
Regenstein Center for African Apes welcomed a tiny new arrival with the birth of a baby gorilla! The little one is the offspring of mom Bana and silverback dad Kwan. Its sex and name are still undetermined, but it can be seen cuddling with mom as Kwan lends a protective eye.
There’s a new Bolivian gray titi monkey in the treetops at the Helen Brach Primate House. The new arrival is the ninth offspring for father Ocala and mother Delasol. The gender is still unknown, but the little one shares the exhibit with four siblings, all of whom will chip in for care.
A colony of cactus mice, a new species for Lincoln Park Zoo, is now living at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. The burrowing noctural rodents are native to deserts in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The zoo’s colony includes two males and six females. Visitors can see them actively foraging for food in their sandy desert habitat.
The zoo recently welcomed four female African wild dogs. The siblings, nearly two years old, are part of the African Wild Dog Species Survival Plan®, a cooperative initiative among zoos to manage this highly endangered predator, whose wild population in eastern and southern Africa has been decimated by hunting, habitat loss and disease spread by humans and domestic dogs. African wild dogs are very social carnivores, with complex hierarchical rank orders and vocalizations, which will make them lots of fun for zoo visitors to observe.
The zoo’s first-ever red river hog is now roaming the east outdoor exhibit at Regenstein African Journey. A 5-year-old from Columbus Zoo, Lily belongs to Africa’s smallest and most colorful swine species. In the wild red river hogs eat everything from grasses to small animals, also using strong teeth to dig for roots. Fittingly, Lily already been spotted digging up her exhibit.
New African lion Sahar ventured into his exhibit at the Kovler Lion House for the first time today. The 2-year-old male will soon be exploring the whole habitat as animal care staff choreograph his introduction with 16-year-old Myra. As this is a social pairing and not a breeding recommendation caregivers expect a maternal relationship between the two big cats.
Two new red pandas joined the Kolver Lion House in December. The male and female, Tarrei and Porrin, have been busy climbing trees and foraging for bamboo throughout their exhibit. With a recommendation in hand from the Red Panda Species Survival Plan®, zoo officials hope for a smooth and successful breeding process.
A female snowy owl joined the resident male at the Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit in December. She came from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, where she hatched in 2011. Fans flocked to the zoo’s Facebook page to vote for a suitable name for her, with “Freya” being the winner. The name—a reference to the Norse goddess of love and beauty—reflects the species’ cold-weather roots.
The main aviary at the Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit has some elegant new fliers. A pair of Himalayan monals has joined the cinereous vultures and European white storks. These large members of the pheasant family can be seen exploring the rocks of the exhibit and foraging on the ground for greens, grains and insects.
A new set of hooves can be heard at the north end of the Antelope & Zebra Area. They belong to our male and female waterbuck pair. Both animals have white markings on their rumps; the male can be distinguished by his impressive horns. The species is named for its tendency to live near water; they’ll even escape predators by running into rivers and lakes.