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March 13, 2014
What’s New with Baby Rhino King?

This past fall was an exciting time at Regenstein African Journey as we welcomed our first black rhino calf in 25 years. It’s hard to believe it’s already been six months since King was born last August 26. During that time we’ve seen him grow physically from 60 pounds to close to 600 pounds!

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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.

How do they do it? Well, if you were crane, you would be expected to go out dancing.

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.

September 27, 2011
Maureen Leahy

I am thrilled to announce that our white-cheeked gibbon pair, Burma and Caruso, just became grandparents! Many of you remember Burma and Caruso’s first offspring, male Kien Nhan, who was born in September 2001 at the Helen Brach Primate House. That little one is all grown up.

September 14, 2011
Dave Bernier

The animal-care staff at the Kovler Lion House recently conducted an exhibit swap with two animals. Our male Amur leopard, Mitya, was moved from an outdoor exhibit into an indoor space and our male jaguar, Kianto, was transferred to the newly vacant, outdoor area.

Sounds simple, right? Hardly. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes with each animal move.

August 30, 2011
Diane Mulkerin

I am happy to announce some exciting new-species news. We here in Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House recently received a pair of Moholi bushbabies. These charming little primates with their oversized eyes are currently behind the scenes getting to know one another.

Once their introduction is complete, the duo will reside inside the baobab tree between the bat and sand-cat exhibits.

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