Wondering what's new at the zoo? We're proud to welcome a baby gorilla and a red panda breeding pair!
Western Lowland Gorilla Update
Updated March 6, 2015 | Born February 24, 2015
The baby western lowland gorilla born last Tuesday has a name: Bella. The little one, who has been receiving excellent care from mom Bahati, was named to honor a member of the Regenstein family, which has loyally supported Lincoln Park Zoo for decades.
Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed its 52nd baby gorilla as female Bahati gave birth at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Silverback Kwan is the father, and 2-year-old half-sisters Patty and Nayembi are showing plenty of curiosity toward the new addition to the gorilla group. The new arrival, a girl, is receiving plenty of cuddly care from mom.
A new red panda breeding pair has joined us at the south end of the Kovler Lion House! 3-year-old male Phoenix (pictured) and 5-year-old female Leafa have been quick to explore their new habitat, climbing the rockwork and scooping up plenty of bamboo to fuel the species’ unique diet.
New Amur tiger Pahstrel is now exploring her outdoor habitat at the Kovler Lion House. The powerful predator, who came to Chicago from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in November, rotates between the indoor and outdoor exhibit with fellow female Molly. (Since tigers are naturally solitary, the two aren’t housed together.)
An eight-member troop of Japanese macaques (commonly called snow monkeys) is now on display at Regenstein Macaque Forest. The three males and five females currently have access to their outdoor habitat for a few hours every morning except during prohibitively cold days. Visitors can see them through the large viewing window on the exhibit’s south side. (Another viewing area on the east side will soon be available as well.) Meet the Macaques in this special web feature.
The Kovler Lion House has welcomed a new resident: 1-year-old snow leopard Taza! The male from Memphis Zoo is still exploring his outdoor yard. Curator Mark Kamhout reports Taza is showing a lot of interest in nearby squirrels and birds...and the exhibit's elevated rock ledges too!
Four pups joined the dwarf mongoose family at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House in October 2014, bringing the number of new arrivals since the start of the year to 11! The new arrivals are still being carried around the exhibit by mom, dad and their older silbings, bu they should start moving on their own soon.
The Livestock Barn at the Farm-in-the-Zoo welcomed seven Mangalitsa piglets in October 2014! The new arrivals are growing fast under mom's care it won't be long before they showcase the breed's signature curly hair.
The Francois' langur exhibit at the Helen Brach Primate House added a splash of color with the birth of a baby on September 30, 2014! The new arrival, whose gender is still unknown, is the fifth baby for mom Pumpkin and dad Cartman.
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.
Baby black rhino King celebrated his first birthday with a rhino-sized cake on August 26, 2014. Though he now weighs in at more than 1,000 pounds, he was happy to follow the lead of mom Kapuki (left) in exploring the birthday enrichment.
Since joining the troop at Helen Brach Primate House on April 14, this new lemur arrival is the fifth offspring for breeding pair Tucker and Sokkwi but the first born at Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is also happy to have recently learned the young lemur is a female.
The zoo’s newborn mongooses in Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House have grown significantly since birth. It won’t be long until they start performing the big responsibilities that this species is known to handle at a young age.
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 Sichuan takin herd at the Antelope & Zebra Area welcomed a new arrival, a male, born to female Jinse on April 23. Since then, baby Kalsang has grown noticably larger and has seen his fur shift toward the lighter coloration of adulthood.
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 celebrated his first birthday on August 16! In contrast to mom, his light tan coat has almost completely transitioned to black where it will remain. (Female gibbons see their coats revert back to tan upon reaching maturity.)
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.
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.
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.