Snow & Spectacular Staff

For the first time in nearly a decade, Lincoln Park Zoo closed on Wednesday. The blizzard prompted us to shut our doors. Of course, the animals were well cared for—they were given extra bedding, the heat was boosted in some areas and all species were given access to indoor spaces. (Some, like the red pandas, are playfully exploring their snowy yards today.)

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lincoln Park Zoo staff who helped run the zoo during this trying time. Some employees spent the night here, ensuring that facilities were working properly and that animals were safe. Many keepers walked to work, climbing over shoulder-high snowbanks to get to their posts. Our public-safety team went beyond the call, providing food and shelter to Chicagoans who had gotten stranded in the area.

In the toughest times, the best shine brightest. I’m proud to say that was true here among zoo staff.

Lincoln Park Zoo is again open—if you need to get out of the house, join us. And now, we go back to digging ourselves out of the blizzard of 2011.

As always, I’ll keep you posted.


 Kevin Bell  


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