Winter Wonderland

While some creatures avoid the cold at all costs (including some of us), many zoo species have been taking advantage of the crisp climate.The Amur tigers, native to frosty regions in Russia and China, bark visible breaths into the air. As their names suggest, the snow leopard and snowy eagles are right in their element. Watch for the big cat using its tail like a shawl and note how the female snowy owl’s coloration differs from the male’s. She’s got dark spots, which help her blend into nests built into the snowy ground.

Last night the zoo’s Auxiliary Board hosted a fundraiser titled Bubble Bath at BIN 36. The event was a success, raising nearly $6,000 for the zoo. As always, I’m thankful for the Auxiliary Board’s support.

Tonight the Smithsonian Network tonight re-airs “Zoo Vets: Fangs, Flippers and Tusks,” which focuses on medical treatment of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s meerkat colony and silverback gorilla, Kwan.

Finally, ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One shines again this weekend. If you’re coming and have some unused winter wear, donate it at one of the Coat Drive boxes around the zoo. Thus far we’ve contributed dozens of coats to less fortunate Chicagoans.

I’ve been attending ZooLights with my boys for years. How about you? I’d love to hear your stories about our winter celebration of lights.

Keep me posted.

Sincerely,

Kevin Bell