If you visited the zoo this week, you probably noticed the massive tent stretching over the Main Mall. I saw plenty of guests resting beneath it, enjoying a nice bit of shade. Tomorrow, though, it will be transformed, taking on a new elegance as it shelters Lincoln Park Zoo’s largest fundraiser.
Lincoln Park Zoo has been checked out from top to bottom this week. Not just by visitors eager to see baby piglets or the new pack of African wild dogs but also by an inspection team from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Tonight marks Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual meeting. It’s a chance to review the past year with the Board of Trustees and special friends of the zoo, looking at our many accomplishments supporting the only privately managed free zoo in the United States and planning the year ahead.
With the replacement window in place at Regenstein Center for African Apes, I’m happy to announce we again have a full building of great apes. Keo’s chimpanzee group has moved onto exhibit, giving guests the chance to visit a Lincoln Park Zoo icon.
Nests throughout the zoo have been home to feeding calls and busy parents in recent weeks. Fairy bluebirds, sunbitterns and crested wood partridges are among the latest additions to the 28 chicks that have emerged at the zoo so far this year.
You may not have noticed, but it turns out last week’s weather was perfect for spotting eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. That’s the report I got from the field in Michigan, where our experts were busy finding new ways to save this species.