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February 4, 2015
Bears and Hyenas: Where Are They Now?

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we started making plans to move animals in Lincoln Park Zoo’s old “bear line” to other zoos. Those former residents—one polar bear, one Andean bear, one Malayan sun bear and two spotted hyenas—were sent to other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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January 28, 2013
Two Gorilla Babies, Two Very Different Moms

We’ve had an amazing past couple of months at Regenstein Center for African Apes with the births of gorillas Patty (October 11) and Nayembi (November 16). They’re two gorilla girls with two very different mothers.

Now three months old, Patty shows off her newly sprouted teeth next to mom Bana.

June 18, 2012
Making Moves with Five Gorillas

New gorillas Mosi and Umande enjoy a snack--and each other's company--behind the scenes at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

In theory, summer is a great time to take a road trip. However, I’m happy to start staying in one place for a while! Over the past six weeks, my staff and I traveled more than 1,900 miles, crossed six state lines and spent 36 hours on the road moving nearly 1,000 pounds of live cargo.

June 12, 2012
Great Eggs-pectations
Bird eggs vary in shape, size and color but not in their stages of embryonic development.
March 13, 2012
Where Are They Now?

An eastern cottontail rabbit at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

February 28, 2012
Saying Farewell

Caring for animals is the most rewarding job in the world. I am humbled every day working with some of the most amazing, smart and complex animals. Our animal care family develops an incredible emotional bond with the individuals in our care. For 46 years our team here has cared for one incredible individual—June the chimpanzee—and today we sadly had to say goodbye.

February 14, 2012
What Does a Vulture Get for Valentine’s Day?

Male cinereous vultures collect sticks to woo their mates.

Hey ladies! Did your special guy woo you with a gift on Valentine’s Day? Such generosity isn’t limited to humans. A lot of guys in the bird world are working hard to win the affections of their ladies as well.

December 15, 2011
Diane Mulkerin

When winter arrives in Chicago, the tropical reptiles in the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House go about business as usual in exhibits that remain steamy throughout the year. But temperate species, both here at Lincoln Park Zoo and throughout the Midwest, undergo brumation—reptile hibernation.

Reptiles depend on environmental heat sources to drive their metabolism.

December 8, 2011
Colleen Lynch

Most people associate flamingos with palm trees, umbrella drinks and suburban lawns.

November 8, 2011
Maureen Leahy

Wow…that was something!

Last week I joined animal-care staff along with staff and interns from the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes in hosting the Great Lakes Regional Gorilla Workshop here at Lincoln Park Zoo.

October 12, 2011
Colleen Lynch

Planes, trains and automobiles…you name a mode of transportation and I’ll bet an animal has taken it. As part of our membership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Lincoln Park Zoo participates in cooperative management of animals, which means that animals born or hatched here in Chicago are often transferred to other accredited zoos.

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