Diana Monkey

Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of a Diana monkey infant at Regenstein African Journey. Cece welcomed an infant on April 23 as part of the Diana Monkey Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The infant has yet to be sexed or named. The youngster is doing well and joins the troop of four…

Japanese Macaque

Life continues at the zoo with the birth of two Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys! Nara welcomed a female infant named Nikko on March 15. A few weeks later, Ono gave birth to a male infant named Ozu on April 18. It’s no coincidence that both youngsters share a first letter with mom.…

Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House celebrated the arrival of a Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko on April 13. After 107 days in an incubator maintained at 74°F, a Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko hatched out of an egg smaller than a jellybean. At hatching, the tiny gecko weighed 2 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime. Over…

Studying Animal Behavior at Home

From eastern gray squirrels that forage around in parks and take shelter in trees to coyotes that travel throughout the city along corridors, urban wildlife is all around us in Chicago—whether we see them or not! Much like how scientists at Lincoln Park Zoo study the behavior of animals in our care, you can study…

Cinereous Vulture

There’s a new arrival at Regenstein Birds of Prey! Grimm the cinereous vulture has joined resident vulture Linda. Both Grimm and Linda are doing well and continue to receive carcasses to feed upon. Although vultures receive a bad reputation for both their unique appearance and diet, these scavengers play a vital role in their ecosystem.…

A Firsthand Look at the Tiger King and Private Ownership

Joe Exotic stood in the doorway to the gift shop at GW Zoo, blocking the entrance and directing toward me a long, skeptical stare from underneath his fringed cowboy hat. We stood like that for what seemed like an eternity in the baking Oklahoma heat until he finally muttered, “So you’re the chimp guy, eh?”…

Nature Play at Home

The world around us has slowed down and many of us are looking for signs of hope. One great place to look is to nature—even if that’s in your backyard, on your porch, or at your parkway! March 19 marked the first day of spring. Birds are chirping, the sun is peeking through the clouds,…