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…

Gorillas on the Line…Will you Answer the Call?

Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions across the globe for Gorillas on the Line, a cell phone recycling initiative. Zoo visitors can recycle their old cell phones, small electronic devices, and battery chargers in the collection box at Searle Visitor Center through September 24. Taking small steps, such…

Shaping Chicago’s Human-Wildlife Interactions

Why do we do science? There isn’t one answer. People become scientists for various reasons: to advance human knowledge, to solve interesting and challenging puzzles, to be the first one in the world to know something. I got into science for my own modest, humble reason; I wanted to change the world. Who doesn’t, right?…

Putting an End to Wildlife Trafficking

At O’Hare International Airport, two deliveries originating from Wichita, Kansas and destined for Beijing, China are seized — all thanks to a wildlife detection dog named Lancer. Between the two shipments, 25 box turtles are detected and confiscated. Curator Dan Boehm receives a call from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the 25…