Changing the Approach to Caring for Ambassador Animals

Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, we believe in data-informed decision-making and putting animal welfare first. After evaluating several of our programs over the last few years with the help of the Animal Welfare Science Program and the Animal Care and Learning departments, the zoo is making “animal-first” changes to programming that involves ambassador animals. “Animal-first”…

#RhinoWatch: Kapuki’s Ultrasound

As we continue #RhinoWatch and anxiously await the spring arrival of the rhino calf, there’s still plenty of work to do, including getting ultrasounds of the calf as it continues to develop. The Animal Care staff at Regenstein African Journey, along with our veterinary staff and behavioral husbandry and enrichment manager, have worked together over…

#RhinoWatch: It’s a…Rhino!

We have some BIG news to share. Kapuki, the zoo’s 13-year-old female eastern black rhinoceros, is pregnant! The calf is expected to arrive in May at Regenstein African Journey. “The potential of a successful calf means much more than a cute face at the zoo. A birth represents preservation of a critically endangered species that faces a…

Treating Polar Bear Allergies

How do you treat a polar bear with allergies? First, you have to find out what they’re allergic to! Siku, Walter Family Arctic Tundra’s 9-year-old polar bear began experiencing some itching which veterinarians suspected was due to allergies. Despite being treated with antihistamines, Siku began to lose hair, showing off his underlying black sun-soaking skin.…

Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine: Spring 2019

In This Issue: conserving Lake County amphibians, caring or unique species, and identifying local bird species.