ADOPT an Animal

 

Bear Essentials

When Curator Diane Mulkerin picked up Katai, one of the zoo’s two black bears, at the airport in 2005, he weighed 5 pounds. The little cub had been found orphaned in the wilds of Oregon and was about to become one of the first residents of the new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, a 3-acre, densely wooded home for native North American species.

What Katai lacked in size, he made up for in attitude. “He threatened me,” recalls Mulkerin with a chuckle.

Fast-forward 10 years. Katai weighs 400 pounds and shares his spacious habitat with Papa, an elderly, 26-year-old black bear who arrived here a month after Katai.

Males are typically solitary in the wild, and these two rarely interact with each other. A mutually understood hierarchy governs their living arrangement. “Papa is clearly
the dominant bear,” says Mulkerin. “It only takes a look.”

You can support Katai’s and Papa’s care—from omnivore bear chow to honey-drizzled enrichment hung on tree branches—with a Black Bear ADOPT purchase!

ADOPT a Black Bear at Lincoln Park Zoo


Why ADOPT an Animal from Lincoln Park Zoo?

Every animal at the zoo receives:

  • Expert care from keepers who oversee their daily lives
     
  • Specially formulated diets to meet diverse nutritional needs
     
  • Regular veterinary checkups to ensure each individual is in tip-top shape
     
  • Enrichment that prompts mental and physical stimulation and encourages animals to exhibit the same behaviors they would in the wild

Your ADOPT donation helps pay for all this and more!
 

• High resolution JPG photograph of your animal
• PDF personalized certificate of ADOPTion for you to print or email
• PDF animal fact sheet

Emailed within 3-5 days of your order

 

• Personalized certificate of ADOPTion
• Printed animal fact sheet
• 4x5 photograph of your animal printed on high quality museum archival paper
• Magnetized photo frame

Shipped within 7-10 days of your order

 

• Plush of your chosen animal
• Personalized certificate of ADOPTion
• Printed animal fact sheet
• 4x5 photograph of your animal printed on high quality museum archival paper
• Magnetized photo frame

Shipped within 7-10 days of your order

*Includes domestic shipping only. For shipping outside the United States, please call the Membership hotline, (312)742-2322,or email members@lpzoo.org.

To purchase one of these or many other special ADOPT packages click an option above, visit Wild Things gift shop at Lincoln Park Zoo or call 312-742-2322. Don't see your favorite animal listed? Call us! All the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo are available for ADOPTion.


Plush ADOPTs

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African Lion
 

African Wild Dog
 

American Bald
Eagle

Amur Tiger
 

Baby Western
Lowland Gorilla

Bactrian Camel
 

Baringo
Giraffe

Black and White
Colobus

Black Bear
 

Black Rhino
 

Chimpanzee
 

Fennec Fox
 

Grevy's Zebra
 

Harbor Seal
 

Hoffmann's Two-toed
Sloth

Japanese
Macaque

Meerkat
 

Pygmy
Hippopotamus

Red
Kangaroo

Red
Panda

Red Wolf
 

Sichuan Takin
 

Snow Leopard
 

Trumpeter
Swan

Western Lowland
Gorilla