Lincoln Park Zoo

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April 24, 2014
Post from the President—Step into Spring

President and CEO Kevin Bell shares how spring is the perfect time to visit Chicago's free zoo. You can see daffodils and scilla in bloom and watch baby rhino King and baby gorillas Patty and Nayembi explore the outdoors.

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November 1, 2010
Nature Boardwalk Photo Contest Slideshow

Contributors to the zoo’s Flickr group helped record the first summer of growth at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. See their top photos…and follow up by contributing some of your own!

October 28, 2010
Creepy Critters Week: Bats

Vampire bats? Hardly. The flying mammals at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House are Egyptian fruit bats and straw-colored fruit bats, which prefer sucking nectar to human blood. Keepers are so comfortable around the bats that they enter the exhibit every day, allowing the winged residents to flutter around them. The two species occupy different sections of their exhibit, but they’re all busybodies—they squeak to each other and flap their wings when keepers arrive, hoping to get first crack at snacks.

October 27, 2010
Creepy Critters: Pied Tamarins

They resemble little goblins, what with their bald heads, pointy ears and tough little faces. But pied tamarins are highly social animals who dine on fruits and flowers (and only the occasional insect). Unlike some primates, male pied tamarins are excellent caregivers, carrying youngsters through the branches and feeding them once they wean.

October 27, 2010
Protecting Primates

When not caring for the chimpanzees and gorillas in Regenstein Center for African Apes, Keeper Jill Moyse spends her time arranging aid for primates in sanctuaries across Africa.

October 26, 2010
Sharp Shooters

Thanks to all who participated in the Animal Photography Workshop contest. We collected dozens of votes at Wild Things gift shop over the past week and have come up with our winners—congrats to Charlie Guild (adult workshop) and Will Alter (child workshop). Great shots, everyone!

October 26, 2010
Primates Wambea Wengine (Other Curious Primates)
October 26, 2010
Creepy Critters: Green Woodhoopoes

They’re beautiful birds, but the green woodhoopoes at the McCormick Bird House stink like rotten meat. These birds have a preening gland that secretes oil used to maintain their feathers. This oil also reeks like death, which wards off predators who catch a whiff and move onto more palatable prey.

October 25, 2010
Creepy Critters Week: Emperor Newts

Their name sounds innocent enough—newts. But don’t be fooled, each emperor newt that resides at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House has enough toxin in the orange nubs that dot its back to kill 7,000 mice. Those poison glands—advertised orange like biohazards—dissuade potential predators from taking a bite. The emperor newt is definitely more trick than treat.

October 25, 2010
Basking at the Boardwalk
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