We’re Not Lion: Pepper Family Wildlife Center Opening Fall 2021

Lincoln Park Zoo is roaring with excitement to announce that its new state-of-the-art habitat, Pepper Family Wildlife Center, is opening Fall 2021—welcoming lions and other carnivores back to Chicago. In addition to a pride of lions, Pepper Family Wildlife Center will be home to Canada lynx, snow leopards, and red pandas, on the south side…

Surveying Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes for Species Conservation

Each spring, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake emerges from the hole that it hibernates in all winter long, ready for sunshine and food to kick-start its growth and reproduction for the year. This creates the perfect opportunity for scientists to study this illusive, threatened species. Every year, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the…

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

There are two new arrivals at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House! Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to welcome 13-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine Pierre and 12-year-old Flora. The pair arrived from Roger Williams Park Zoo as recommended by the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Both Pierre and Flora are doing well and have engaged in positive reinforcement…

The Unexpected Guest(s): How the Animals Reacted to the Zoo’s Closure and Reopening

For the first time in its 152-year history, Lincoln Park Zoo temporarily closed for an extended period. Since then, our concept of “normal” operations has completely changed. Due to the pandemic, the zoo closed to the public from March through June 2020 and again from January 2021 until late February this year. As the City…

Planting Native Species to Support Monarch Butterflies

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo is an urban oasis teeming with life. This serene, prairie-style wetland surrounded by a meandering boardwalk and native plants and trees is the perfect place for Chicagoans to connect with nature in the heart of the city. Four Midwest native species of milkweed are already present around the boardwalk,…