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September 25, 2014
Chimpanzee Cues

Spend some time watching Hank’s group at Regenstein Center for African Apes, and you’ll see that the social life of a chimpanzee is some pretty complex business.

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June 6, 2014
New Swans Swimming

In what’s become a welcome sign of spring, I’m happy to announce that four trumpeter swan cygnets have hatched at the zoo’s Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond.

May 22, 2014
An Update from Africa

Greetings from Africa! It’s a far-flung update this time, as I’ve spent the week in Entebbe, Uganda meeting with zoo professionals from around the globe.

May 15, 2014
What’s Your Name?

Last week we asked for your help naming our baby klipspringer. Our caregivers offered a slate of five names—Asha, Amira, Bahiya, Nadra and Zuri—all Swahili, reflecting the dwarf antelope species’ African origins.

May 1, 2014
A Little Lemur

Spring is stereotypically the season of new arrivals, and, happily, that’s what we’re seeing at Lincoln Park Zoo.

April 24, 2014
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.

April 14, 2014
Thrill of Birth, Agony of Loss

Even after two decades at the zoo’s helm, I’m continually impressed by our animal care team’s commitment to wildlife and the living creatures who reside here. They’re some of the most passionate, dedicated and selfless people I’ve ever known.

April 10, 2014
Tiny Takin Takes Delicate Steps

Life at the zoo brings daily changes and new discoveries. Today we witnessed the birth of a baby belonging to a rare species (my favorite, actually): the Sichuan takin. The newborn female, who weighs in at 21 pounds, was born to Mei Li shortly after 11 a.m. This is her second calf.

April 3, 2014
Trading Tokens

If you’ve visited Regenstein Center for African Apes over the past year, you may have noticed Hank’s group of chimpanzees carrying small lengths of PVC pipes. These weren’t signs of a do-it-yourself home-improvement project. Instead, the tubes functioned as currency in a new study by zoo scientists.

March 20, 2014
Penguin (and Polar) Plans

There are plenty of details to share about the next new exhibits at Lincoln Park Zoo, but let me just start by saying that those of you who have missed penguins are going to be very happy.

March 13, 2014
Explore and Roar

It’s safe to say all of us are looking forward to summer at this point. But while many of us are focused on green grass and coatless strolls, zoo educators and their partners in the Chicago Public Library are planning a whole summer of learning for Chicago kids.

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