Step into Spring

If you’ve visited recently, you’ve probably noticed that spring has arrived at Lincoln Park Zoo! Daffodils and scilla are blooming in the gardens, outdoor animals are stretching in the sun and guests have abandoned their winter boots and wool coats—hopefully for good.

Daffodils are among the spring flowers in bloom at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Daffodils are among the spring flowers in bloom at Lincoln Park Zoo.

A new season is a great time to get reacquainted with some of the growing animals reemerging on zoo grounds. Foremost among them is baby rhino King, who is now tipping the scales at more than 700 pounds and enjoying some intense wallows in the mud, as this photo by Keeper Cassy Kutilek shows.

Baby black rhino King splashes in the mud with mom Kapuki.

Baby black rhino King splashes in the mud with mom Kapuki. Photo by Cassy Kutilek.

King and mom Kapuki are still adjusting to the spring weather, so their presence outside at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit can vary with the temperature. If you have to choose a time to try to spot them, our caregivers indicate that 1:30–3 p.m. is a good window to give it a try.

King isn’t the only one exploring the outdoors. Baby gorillas Patty and Nayembi have also ventured into the outdoor yard at Regenstein Center for African Apes in recent weeks. The little ones are now extremely mobile—and curious! It’s a thrill to watch them climb and play through their exhibit, learning more every day about their surroundings, their family and each other.

Nayembi hitches a ride on mom Rollie as they navigate the outdoor exhibit at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Nayembi hitches a ride on mom Rollie as they navigate the outdoor exhibit at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

The same goes for the growing kangaroo joey at Antelope & Zebra Area. The young female, who will turn 1 in May, likes to sprawl in the sand with the rest of the kangaroo mob, soaking up the sun. Now one-third the size of the adults, she’s left the pouch for good and is no longer nursing with mom. The best time to see the joey in action is right when the exhibit opens in the morning.

And, of course, if you stop by to see the joey, you should also say hello to the baby Sichuan takin born just yesterday. This new arrival, a male, is now exploring its exhibit with the rest of the herd.

The baby Sichuan takin, born April 23, 2014, gets a cleaning from mom Jinse.

The baby Sichuan takin, born April 23, 2014, gets a cleaning from mom Jinse.

If you haven’t visited the zoo yet this season, warm weather and playful new arrivals offer a perfect reason to make the trip. Don’t wait too long—they all grow up fast!

Kevin Bell


Learn More

Playtime for Baby Gorillas
Baby gorillas Patty and Nayembi are getting plenty of play in as they grow at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy explains the importance of play for gorilla development.

Baby Rhino Meets New Milestones
Chewing sticks, stomping in mud wallows and sticking close to mom: baby rhino King is busy behind the scenes at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit! Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout gives us all the details in this video update.

Baby rhino King and mom Kapuki trot around the outdoor yard at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit.

King Grows Up
Follow the growth of the zoo's baby rhino, King, in this special slideshow, which tracks his development from birth to today!

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