New Arrivals and a 90th Birthday Party

New arrivals at the zoo are always exciting, particularly when they highlight the varied ways that a zoo collection can grow. In recent days we’ve welcomed two new arrivals in two different fashions.

The first was the birth of a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth within Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. The mother delivered the little one (gender to be determined) on exhibit within the Ecosystem area. The cub looks healthy and mom is displaying good parenting skills.
The other new arrivals came in the form of a transfer. The Kovler Lion House recently welcomed a pair of Eurasian lynx—slender, athletic cats that nicely complement their neighbors. The sisters were kept in quarantine for 30 days before given access to their exhibit, which was shielded from the public with paper sheets. The sheets were slowly removed as the lynx acclimated to their new home.
I am just back from celebrating Dr. Lester Fisher’s 90th birthday party at Regenstein Center for African Apes, where the former zoo president was presented a huge card and the gorillas were presented piñatas stuffed with treats. It was wonderful to celebrate with Dr. Fisher, surrounded by friends of the zoo and great apes.
While we honor longevity at Lincoln Park Zoo, we also celebrate new life, which continues to enrich and educate visitors young and old. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Kevin Bell