Breakfast with the Apes

Breakfast with the Apes

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Breakfast with the Ape at Lincoln Park Zoo's Regenstein Center for African Apes

Zoological Manager of Primates Michael Brown-Palsgrove shared fascinating stories about the zoo’s chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas in our sold-out Breakfast for the Apes. Gorilla babies Patty and Nayembi were in the spotlight, but guests also learned about ape group dynamics while enjoying a delicious breakfast.


In the 14 years he’s been at Lincoln Park Zoo, Michael Brown-Palsgrove worked in all areas of the zoo.   Michael Brown-Palsgrove

Michael has worked in the zoo field since 1996. In the 14 years he’s been at Lincoln Park Zoo, he’s worked in all areas of the zoo. As the Primate Department’s zoological manager, he guides animal husbandry and supervises the animal care staff.


An Array of Apes
Need more incentive to whet your appetite? Enjoy this slideshow featuring an array of the zoo’s great apes, from babies to bachelors.
Baby gorilla Nayembi enjoys some special enrichment for her first birthday.

Happy Birthday to Our Baby Gorillas
It was a happy birthday for baby gorillas Nayembi and Patty! The zoo's Volunteer Enrichment Group and caregivers shared some fun edible enrichment at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Nayembi Reunited—July 18, 2013
Baby gorilla Nayembi has been reintroduced to her mom, Rollie, and mother-and-daughter pair Bana and Patty behind the scenes at Regenstein Center for African Apes. As this video shows, the group, including Nayembi and Rollie, are getting along well!

See Baby Nayembi Crawl Around Her Exhibit—May 8, 2013
Western lowland gorilla Nayembi, who was injured in February, is thriving under 24-hour care by Lincoln Park Zoo animal care staff and will soon be reunited with her troop. As you can see, the 6-month-old gorilla is trying new foods, exploring her enclosure, and getting lessons in how to act like an ape.