Wish List

Buy Something Special for the Zoo’s Animals

Want to share a special treat with your favorite animal? Browse the Lincoln Park Zoo Wish List, which has everything they love, from tasty snacks to fun-fueling toys.


Monkey See, Monkey Avocado

Avocado is a favorite, healthy snack for the zoo’s white-faced saki monkeys. Get them halfway to a guac with some green goodness.

$6 30 baskets needed
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Cabbage Claim Area

Crowned lemurs—leaf- and fruit-munching primates native to Madagascar—have crown-shaped fur markings on their brows. Treat the zoo’s majestic family to a royal feast of crunchy cabbage!

$9 26 heads needed
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24 Carrot Gold

Western lowland gorillas—like baby girls Nayembi and Patty—need sharp eyes for swinging on vines, leaping onto hammocks and sliding down bamboo poles in their family’s home. Add some carrots to their holiday feast!

$11 9 baskets needed
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Buy Low, Celery High

The chimpanzee group led by Hank at Regenstein Center for African Apes loves the crunch and texture of celery. Add some fiber to their holiday snacking with bunches of celery stalks.

$12 18 baskets needed
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Salute the Kernel

Corn is a veggie fave for lots of zoo animals, including the Bourke’s parrots at the McCormick Bird House. Give these pinkish parrots an a-maize-ing taste for the holidays.

$9 25 dozen needed
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Hippo, Hippo, Hooray!

What’s purple, shaped like a giant egg and popular zoo-wide? Eggplant! Help us slice some up for the pair of hungry pygmy hippos (who, it must be said, somewhat resemble eggplants) at Regenstein African Journey.

$25 9 baskets needed
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Pick a Peck of Peppers for Peccaries

Chacoan peccaries—pig-like mammals native to an arid region of South America—love succulent plants. Give the zoo’s bristly herd some peppers to snout about and chew up. Red, green, spicy, sweet—all varieties are welcome.

$10 12 baskets needed
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Seedy Delivery

Some call pomegranates the fruit of the gods. Maybe that’s why our birds, from blue-faced honeyeaters to jambu fruit doves, find them divine. Give our feathered friends some juicy pomegranate seeds to slurp up this season.

$10 13 baskets needed
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Better Than Fruit Cake

The best part of any party is dessert, and this holiday season we’re serving pumpkin pie. Give the active gorilla bachelor troop—Azizi, Amare, Mosi and Umande—some canned pumpkin to fuel their athletic play bouts.

$20 11 cases needed
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Pumpkin for Humped Kin

Canned pumpkin? Try whole pumpkins. Hooved residents like the shaggy Bactrian camel herd turn meal time into play time with these holiday treats that double as rolling enrichment.

$25 20 pumpkins needed
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Squash in More Ways Than One

Butternut, acorn, spaghetti—no matter what kind, fresh squash snacks are happily devoured after getting squashed by the zoo’s black rhinos, including burly 1-year-old male calf King.

$9 17 shares needed
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Core Workout

Carlos and Hershey, the Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, can teach us a thing or two about slowing down and taking it easy. Reward them with a holiday feast of apples, one of their favorite fruits.


$20 20 bushels needed
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Smells Like Bean Spirit

Golden-headed lion tamarins, endangered in their native Brazilian rain forest range, feast on fruits and insects in the canopy. Veggies, too, fuel their foraging expeditions at the zoo. This holiday season, support their care with some nutritious green beans!

$8 27 shares needed
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Cool Hand Cuke

Many monkeys—from black howler monkeys to Allen’s swamp monkeys—don’t seem dainty, but their taste in food is often just that. Crunchy cucumbers provide a delicate, crisp accent to their daily diets.

$18 13 shares needed
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Ketchup, Hippo-Style

Juicy and red tomatoes are a great source of nutrition for pygmy hippos Howie and Annakiya (a.k.a. Annie). Serve these semi-aquatic mammals some fresh tomatoes they can mash into a tasty pulp with their massive teeth.

$13 18 shares needed
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