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April 14, 2014
Thrill of Birth, Agony of Loss

Even after two decades at the zoo’s helm, I’m continually impressed by our animal care team’s commitment to wildlife and the living creatures who reside here. They’re some of the most passionate, dedicated and selfless people I’ve ever known.

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April 10, 2014
Tiny Takin Takes Delicate Steps

Life at the zoo brings daily changes and new discoveries. Today we witnessed the birth of a baby belonging to a rare species (my favorite, actually): the Sichuan takin. The newborn female, who weighs in at 21 pounds, was born to Mei Li shortly after 11 a.m. This is her second calf.

April 3, 2014
Trading Tokens

If you’ve visited Regenstein Center for African Apes over the past year, you may have noticed Hank’s group of chimpanzees carrying small lengths of PVC pipes. These weren’t signs of a do-it-yourself home-improvement project. Instead, the tubes functioned as currency in a new study by zoo scientists.

March 20, 2014
Penguin (and Polar) Plans

There are plenty of details to share about the next new exhibits at Lincoln Park Zoo, but let me just start by saying that those of you who have missed penguins are going to be very happy.

March 13, 2014
Explore and Roar

It’s safe to say all of us are looking forward to summer at this point. But while many of us are focused on green grass and coatless strolls, zoo educators and their partners in the Chicago Public Library are planning a whole summer of learning for Chicago kids.

March 6, 2014
Back to the Congo

Given the past couple months, I’m sure every Chicagoan could use a warm-weather getaway. But while cold commuters may have spent their travel time dreaming about Orlando or Tucson, I doubt many considered visiting the steamy rainforests of the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle.

February 27, 2014
Zoo Family Planning

Lincoln Park Zoo is always happy to celebrate new arrivals. As we’ve seen with baby rhino King or the tiny dwarf mongoose in the video below, zoo babies are hard to top when it comes to fostering a connection between people and wildlife.

February 19, 2014
West Gate Closing

Given the weather we’ve all endured, you might not think we’ve made much progress building Regenstein Macaque Forest. But the zoo’s next great exhibit continues to be on schedule. As a result, we’re taking our next step in the construction this week by closing the zoo’s West Gate until June.

February 13, 2014
Heart to Heart

It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about hearts—and not just because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. It’s also American Heart Month, a time to reflect on the proper care of the organ that keeps us moving.

February 6, 2014
How Do Apes Think?

Chimpanzees and gorillas are amazing in their own right, but they can also teach us a lot about ourselves. These species use tools, plan for the future, communicate with their group mates…and deceive them. Sound familiar?

January 30, 2014
Birthday Boys

Brrr. That about sums up life in Chicago this week, as schools closed, temperatures fell well into the negative and everyone did their best to bundle up and hunker down.

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