Growing Before Our Eyes
We’re seeing a lot of changes with the zoo’s new arrivals this summer, although “changes” obviously means different things for different species.
On one hand, you have baby rhino King (above), who recently topped the 1,000-pound mark at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit! That’s a big difference from the changes we’re seeing with the trumpeter swan cygnets at the Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond. They don’t weigh anywhere near half a ton, but they are shedding the fuzzy down of their early days and developing the species’ signature black markings on their faces.
The trumpeter swans aren’t the only recent hatches. At the neighboring Waterfowl Lagoon, five swan goose goslings are now exploring the outdoor habitat they share with the zoo’s Chilean flamingos. These new arrivals hatched at the beginning of June, but our animal care experts wanted them to mature a bit before venturing outside. Now they can be spotted in the vegetation at the front of their exhibit.
Further south at the Antelope & Zebra Area, Sichuan takin Kalsang stays busy climbing and leaping from the logs in his habitat. As impressive as his energy is, it may fall short of older brothers Xing Fu and Mengyao. That pair, born in early 2013, can often be seen playfully sparring in their outdoor yard.
Speaking of play, baby gorillas Patty and Nayembi enjoy plenty of it at Regenstein Center for African Apes. The half-sisters, who both turn 2 this fall, often grapple and chase one another through the treetops of their exhibit. It’s a joy watching them interact with each other and the rest of their family group.
Finally, our growing crowned lemur and white-cheeked gibbon are keeping the activity level high at the Helen Brach Primate House. The lemur, a female, likes to spring back and forth between branches—and family members.
White-cheeked gibbon Daxin is showing signs of age as he nears his first birthday on August 16. The blond fur of birth is changing to the black coat Daxin will have for the rest of his life.
It’s an exciting time for the zoo—I encourage you to come see these growing arrivals.
Speaking of exciting times, I’m thrilled to announce the final fundraising tally for Zoo Ball 2014, Monkey Business, Presented by Guggenheim was more than $1.2 million. The Women’s Board’s annual fundraiser is always spectacular, and this year’s gala was no exception.
Thanks to Katie Gledhill and Caroline Huebner for chairing the event, and thanks to all the attendees, donors and Women’s Board members for their work to support Lincoln Park Zoo’s next great exhibits.