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…

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…

‘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…

Frosty Fun

‘Tis the season for frosty fun at the zoo! Complete with snowfall and dropping temperatures, winter has arrived in the Windy City. Fresh powder recently blanketed zoo grounds, transforming Lincoln Park Zoo into a winter wonderland. Take a look, below, to discover how species from across the zoo are enjoying the winter season. At Pepper…

Lincoln Park Zoo Responds to CVS’ Promise to Stop Selling Problematic Greeting Cards Featuring Chimpanzees

Lincoln Park Zoo applauds this week’s decision by CVS to ban the selling of greeting cards featuring unnatural images of great apes. Although this seems like a small step, this action will have a positive and enduring impact on chimpanzee conservation efforts. Chimpanzee, Cashew, at Regenstein Center for African Apes  Since 2010, the zoo’s Lester…

Measuring Animal Welfare

Science is always in action here at Lincoln Park Zoo! The zoo uses science to evaluate and enhance the welfare of the animals in its care. ZooMonitor, a mobile app developed by Lincoln Park Zoo to record and analyze animal behavior, is one way the zoo uses science to provide the best care possible and…

Science in Action: Snow Monkey Chooses Offspring’s Name via Touchscreen Computer Technology

What’s in a name? At Lincoln Park Zoo – science! A snow monkey, Mito, chose the name for her male infant using touchscreen computer technology alongside Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes researchers at Regenstein Macaque Forest. The infant, born August 3, has been named Minato! Mito, a 15-year-old Japanese…

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,…

On the Move

Lincoln Park Zoo is home to nearly 200 unique species from around the world. From the slow-moving Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth to the spirited Grevy’s zebra, species at the zoo move in many different ways. There are a variety of different benefits to having slow moving or fast moving adaptions. Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House is home…