Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo blends expert animal care, interactive learning elements, and tactile experiences to teach visitors of all ages about the interdependency of living things.

Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

The 32,000-square-foot Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House features about 200 small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds all coexisting in naturalistic, mixed-species habitats.

Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle

Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles are some of the largest turtles in South America, with females reaching up to twice the size of males. They have a dark upper shell and yellow spots across their head. Both sexes eat a variety of food, ranging from fruit and plant material to fish and small invertebrates. Females lay…

West African Gaboon Viper

West African gaboon vipers have a triangular head and distrinct horn-like scales above their nostrils. The color of their ridged scales vary from brown to purple, and they have an intricate symmetrical design pattern along their body that resembles a line of yellow hourglasses. They primarily eat small mammals, rodents, ground-dwelling birds, frogs, and toads.

Spectacled Caiman

Spectacled caimans were named for the bony ridge above their eyes, which resembles a pair of glasses. Adults are dull green and can grow to more than six feet in length. They primarily eat fish, insects, frogs, birds, and even mammals. After breeding, females lay eggs in nests built with mud and leaves.

Rio Fuerte Beaded Lizard

Rio Fuerte beaded lizards can reach up to 30 inches from head to tail. They have a broad, flat head and venom glands in their lower jaw. Their bodies are long and heavy and covered with bead-like scales that form yellow and black stripes. These long-clawed lizards are carnivorous, eating insects, small rodents, lizards, snakes,…

Red-footed Tortoise

Red-footed tortoises were named for the red-and-orange markings scattered across their limbs and face. They have bumpy, concave, greenish-brown shells and display upraised points on their central plates. These tortoises can reach up to 14 inches in length. As omnivores, they feed primarily on fruit, greens, plants, vegetables, and dead animals. After breeding, females bury…

Oriente Knight Anole

Oriente knight anoles are among the largest of the nearly 400 anole species. Adults can grow up to seven and a half inches long and weigh about two ounces. Their body is covered with small green scales, including vertical dorsal scales, and they have pale blotches along their mouth. Like most anoles, males have a…

Northern Blue-tongued Skink

Northern blue-tongued skinks are terrestrial lizards measuring up to 22 inches in length with a stout body, large head, and relatively short legs. These skinks range in color, but they usually have a banded pattern. They are omnivores with a diet primarily consisting of plants, insects, small mammals, reptiles, birds, and carrion. Their larger rear…

Meller’s Chameleon

The largest chameleons in mainland Africa, Meller’s chameleons can reach up to two feet in length. Their default color is bright green and yellow, with brown and black spots along their body. Llike all chameleons, though, they can change color as a means of communication thanks to specialized cells called chromatophores. Meller’s chameleons are masters…