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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.


Trek to the Goualougo Triangle
Watch a video of the arduous journey taken by zoo researchers to reach the remote Congo forest home of wild gorillas and chimpanzees.


Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day
To celebrate the holiday, our animal care experts offered the gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes some special treats. Watch mom Bana and baby Patty enjoy gelatin hearts...although Patty has to get her own!


Making New Milestones
For some Lincoln Park Zoo apes, including gorilla Azizi, sequencing objects is old news. In the video below, Fisher Center Director Steve Ross explains how the next step will test their memory--and reveal more about how chimpanzees and gorillas think.


Chilling Out on Hump Day
The cold weather this week doesn’t faze the Bactrian camels at the zoo’s Antelope & Zebra Area. Winter temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below Fahrenheit in the rocky dessert terrain of this endangered species’ native Central Asia!


Jumping Joey

Lincoln Park Zoo’s 7-month-old red kangaroo joey—the first of his marsupial species ever born at the zoo—climbs out of mom’s pouch for a quick hop around his family’s outdoor yard at the Antelope & Zebra Area.


What’s Inside the Pumpkin?
It’s more Halloween fun at Lincoln Park Zoo as juvenile gorilla Azizi discovers a special snack inside a pumpkin carved for him by the caregivers at Regenstein Center for African Apes.


Gibbon Baby and Mom
Have you seen the baby white-cheeked gibbon yet at the Helen Brach Primate House? The little one—born August 16—is wowing visitors and clinging tightly to mom Burma.


Baby Rhino Behind the Scenes
Ever seen a baby rhino wag its tail? Watch the little one take tiny steps around mom in part of their off-exhibit birthing area.


Nayembi Reunited
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!

The four gorillas will remain off public view—and continue to receive 24-hour-a-day monitoring—as they adjust to the new group dynamic. Looking forward, the zoo’s animal care experts still hope to reintroduce the whole gorilla family group, including silverback Kwan.


Saving the Serengeti
See how a zoo-led vaccination program protects people, pets and predators such as lions in one of Africa's signature ecosystems. Lincoln Park Zoo scientist Anna Czupryna walks us through her research a world away.


Floral and Hardy
Here's one to help you get through hump day: a video of the zoo's Bactrian camel herd feasting on flowering plants. The fragrant treats were given to the Antelope & Zebra Area residents—now shedding their winter coats—as special enrichment on Mother's Day this past weekend.


Spring Garden Showcase
The zoo’s in bloom, with tulips and daffodils flowering everywhere. This short video captures the colors of the season…but it’s best to come see for yourself.


See Baby Nayembi Crawl Around Her Exhibit
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.


One Big Easter Egg
As part of the Easter festivities, the Allen's swamp monkeys teased treats out of an oversized egg. Special enrichment throughout the year lets the animals exercise bodies and minds.


Easter Fun at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
The zoo’s farm team gets a head start on the Easter weekend holiday fun. Watch the goats make a meal of their egg hunt.


Polar Bear Explores the Snow
As part of our Polar Bear Awareness Week celebration, here's a video of Anana enjoying the snow in her exhibit.


Baby Takins at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo
There's a double dose of play in Lincoln Park Zoo's Antelope & Zebra Area, where the Sichuan takin herd has welcomed two babies!


Baby Gorilla Bonding
Mom Bana snuggles with Lincoln Park Zoo's newest arrival, a baby gorilla born October 11.


Baby Zebra Stands on New Legs
See the smallest member of the herd in his first day of life in this video taken behind the scenes at the zoo’s Antelope & Zebra Area.


Baby Titi Monkey at the Helen Brach Primate House
Here's a video peek at the baby Bolivian gray titi monkey born August 18. The little one is the ninth offspring for parents Ocala and Delasol!


New Bali Mynah Chicks
Rare Bali mynah chicks, the first for Lincoln Park Zoo in 12 years, offer a beacon of hope for a species on the brink of extinction


A Slow and Steady Hatch
Here's video of the ornate box turtle hatchlings breaking through their eggshells at the Kovler Lion House. Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore the species to Illinois.


Dual Lions
One last bit of enrichment fun from the Chi-Cow-Go event celebrating Chicago’s 175th birthday—Sahar chews a “rival” from the Art Institute of Chicago.


Sweet Home Chicago
Last week Lincoln Park Zoo's animals were offered Chicago-style enrichment to celebrate the city's 175th birthday. See how chimpanzees, gorillas, meerkats and more reacted to the skyline-sized fun.


Zoo Crew Public Service Announcement
In two weeks at the zoo, Zoo Crew campers learned about conservation projects from Chicago to Tanzania. They also found a little time to have fun with this puppet sketch illustrating the importance of leashing your dog to avoid stressing local wildlife.


Protecting and Connecting with Nature
From seeing chimpanzees against the Chicago skyline to reintroducing smooth green snakes to the wild, sustainable filmmakers Green Living Project share how Lincoln Park Zoo promotes wildlife and conservation in the heart of the city.

Lion Sahar Surveys His Surroundings
New lion Sahar continues to grow more comfortable in his exhibit. Here he climbs atop one of the rocks for the first time. Thanks to Lead Keeper Anthony Nielsen for the footage!

Sahar Steps Out
Keeper Allycia Darst shares this video of new lion Sahar exploring the top habitat at the Kovler Lion House for the first time.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Kids rush to gather eggs at the zoo's first Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Families also made crafts, enjoyed breakfast at the Farm-in-the-Zoo and met the Easter Bunny!

Opposites Attract: Golden Orb Weaver Spider Courtship
Opposites do attract. Female golden orb weaver spiders dwarf their male mates, which are barely larger than mosquitoes. See how they weave their courtship in this exclusive video.

Zoo Crew in Review
The first group of Zoo Crew participants capped their week at the zoo by making a movie. Photos and narration from the campers sum up what makes Lincoln Park Zoo special.


Guests and gorillas were on hand February 24 to wish a happy birthday to Lincoln Park Zoo legend Dr. Lester E. Fisher. See the fun—including piñata "cake" and "presents" for the animal attendees.

 


 


Rhinos' horns might not be their coolest feature.
 


While more active animals draw larger crowds at Lincoln Park Zoo, walking sticks reward those with keen eyes and patient temperaments.