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.

Baby rhino King shows off his size in a wallow in the mud.

Baby rhino King shows off his size in a wallow in the mud.

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.

Black markings are starting to show on the faces of the trumpeter swan cygnets.

Black markings are starting to show on the faces of the trumpeter swan cygnets.

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.

One of the swan goose goslings rests at the Waterfowl Lagoon.

One of the swan goose goslings rests at the Waterfowl Lagoon.

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.

Sichuan takin Kalsang poses at the Antelope & Zebra Area.

Sichuan takin Kalsang poses at the Antelope & Zebra Area.

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.

Baby gorilla Nayembi looks out at Regenstein Center for African Apes as playmate Patty rolls behind her.

Baby gorilla Nayembi looks out at Regenstein Center for African Apes as playmate Patty rolls behind her.

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.

The little crowned lemur is ready to leap!

The little crowned lemur is ready to leap!

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.

Baby white-cheeked gibbon Daxin's once-blond coat is transitioning to black--a sign of growth.

Baby white-cheeked gibbon Daxin's once-blond coat is transitioning to black--a sign of growth.

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.

Zoo Ball 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo

Guests celebrate at Zoo Ball 2014, Monkey Business, Presented by Guggenheim.

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.

Kevin Bell

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