Lincoln Park Zoo acquired a pair of Grant’s gazelles last fall, but wintry weather limited their time in the yard at the savanna exhibit at Regenstein African Journey.
Now that the cold weather is (mostly) behind us, we’re starting to introduce the gazelles to the outdoors. You might notice a visual barrier that reduces the accessible yard to about ¼ its total size. This is done to keep the gazelles close to the door to help them learn to move in and out. Likewise, keepers have been training the gazelles to shift between their yard and off-exhibit areas.
Once the animals are reliably coming in and out, we’ll remove the barrier and let them explore their entire yard. Then we can begin introducing the gazelles to their exhibit mates—ostriches and giraffes.
The gazelles and ostriches were housed next to each other during the winter, so we’ll start with the birds. Once everyone appears to be comfortable, the giraffes will join them in the outdoor yard.
Safely introducing animals to new spaces and new exhibit mates is important to us at Lincoln Park Zoo. We take every measure possible to ensure that introductions are uneventful. That said, we’re all very excited about introducing these gazelles to visitors here in Chicago.
General Curator Dave Bernier