A Great Zoo, Thanks to You

February can be a quiet month at Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s true that many of the animals stay active throughout winter. Recent guests have seen the red panda breeding pair chasing each other through their exhibit at the Kovler Lion House—an energetic courtship display, despite the cold weather.

Winter visitors, on the other hand, can less active, making February a good time to catch up on efforts to keep the zoo in top shape. Right now the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo and McCormick Bird House are both receiving needed facelifts, ensuring the buildings will shine when crowds come in spring.

The Bird House renovation was prompted by a generous gift from the estate of a longtime friend of the zoo. It’s rewarding to watch the improvements take place. As I monitor the work there, I’m constantly reminded that everything we do is made possible by your support.

That includes maintaining the Children’s Zoo and Bird House so they can inspire the next generation of animal lovers. It extends to keeping our gates open to all 365 days a year. Providing animals state-of-the-art care, conserving wild places around the globe—all this and more is made possible by donations from friends of the zoo.

As you may know, February is Member Appreciation Month. Throughout the month, we’re offering members special benefits, exclusive opportunities to enjoy the zoo. It’s a chance to show them how grateful we are for everything they do.

But while February may be Member Appreciation Month, I want to emphasize that every day of the year I appreciate the support we receive from the community. You make Lincoln Park Zoo the great place it is.

So whether you’re a member or not, come by to visit. Even in February, you’ll find something to amaze you.

Kevin Bell


Red Foot Tortoise

Hello, I have a Red Foot Tortoise who is very heathly but I feel he would be happier with other Red Foots! I believe he is a young male, around 5 inches. His name is "Elmer Fudd". I purchased him from a Petsmart last February. Would you please consider taking him as I cannot get him a "pet" for company or set him free! Thank you for your consideration. Evonne Penn


Thank you for thinking of Lincoln Park Zoo. Unfortunately, the zoo is unable to accept your donation. As we're an accredited institution, our animals are scientifically managed and come from other accredited institutions. In addition, we have space limitations.
Thank you for your interest in the zoo. Best of luck with finding a new home for your red-footed tortoise.

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