Teaming Up to Save Wildlife

A legacy continues…  In 2020, Lincoln Park Zoo said goodbye to 34-year-old eastern black rhinoceros Maku due to age-related health issues. An ambassador for his species, Maku helped sustain the population of critically endangered black rhinos through his six offspring as part of the Eastern Black Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan® (SSP) and was the second-oldest…

African Lion Cub Receives Name

Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to share, after the African lion cub’s first routine veterinary exam, the cub is male and has been named Pilipili! The cub’s name means “pepper” in Swahili and honors the Pepper family, whose generous donation enabled the transformation of the historic lion house into Pepper Family Wildlife Center.  “As the cub…

A New Addition at Pepper Family Wildlife Center

The African lion pride at Pepper Family Wildlife Center has grown by one! Lincoln Park Zoo is roaring with excitement to share the arrival of a healthy cub. On March 15, 3-year-old African lion Zari gave birth to a cub as part of the African Lion Species Survival Plan®. The cub has yet to be…

Egyptian Fruit Bat

The next time you visit Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, peer into the darkness at the Egyptian bat exhibit to see if you can spot some new arrivals! Lincoln Park Zoo has welcomed 20 adult male fruit bats from Minnesota Zoo, all between the ages of 2-4 years old. These bats joined the currently-existing Egyptian bat…

Photos of Animals Affect the Way We Think

You know the greeting card with a grinning chimpanzee wearing a party hat wishing you a happy birthday? I’m sure you can picture that card, but I definitely won’t show it to you. I can’t show you the picture because previous research from Lincoln Park Zoo has revealed that when people see that image, and…

Collaborating with KopeLion: Organization Matters!

Imagine you’re a scientist out in the field conducting research and scanning the savannah for movement. With luck, you spot your intended subject—a pride of lions lounging under an acacia tree! You get closer – but not too close, safety first! – and scan the faces of each lion, noting the patterns of whiskers and…

Animal Welfare: Safe and Sound at Lincoln Park Zoo

It’s another cold day in December and Jackson 5’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” can be heard across the zoo’s South Lawn. Lincoln Park Zoo is getting ready for another weekend of ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ, a holiday event that includes, among other bright and festive features, a synchronized…

‘Cool’ Care: How the Zoo Provides for Animals in Winter

Winter in Chicago offers fresh snowfall, chilly temperatures, and plenty of seasonal joy, as well as a unique perspective on how species at the zoo handle the coldest months of the year. For some animals with natural adaptations to cold climates, such as polar bears, Japanese macaques, and takins, acclimating during the winter is easy.…

Love is in the Air, and at Lincoln Park Zoo

‘Tis the season of love! Like humans, animals pair up in various ways. Some species mate for life, while others live in groups. Some only come together to reproduce and otherwise choose to be solitary. Below, discover ways that some species pair up—or don’t!—and learn about partners here at Lincoln Park Zoo. Pairs at the…

Carlsbad Green Tarantula

There’s a new arrival at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House! Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to welcome a Carlsbad green tarantula. The individual was placed in the zoo’s care after being confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials at O’Hare International Airport as part of a larger illegal export of other invertebrates. Learn more about…