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…

The Complexities of Care

When Regenstein Center for African Apes reopens, guests might spot new combinations of chimpanzees on any given day—including individuals who usually thrive behind the scenes. The next time you visit Regenstein Center for African Apes, things will be a little different. And the time after that? Well, that depends on the chimpanzees. For the past…

Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

In a room filled with warm light and optimistic keepers, an egg the size of a quarter lies silently in an incubator, a crack forming along its top. After years of planning, 23 days of incubation, and 36 hours of hatching, a tiny, pink bird with darkened eyes emerges from its shell. A Guam kingfisher—a…

Out of This World

Lincoln Park Zoo received national accreditation from the American Public Gardens Association Plant Collections Network for its herbaceous perennial hibiscus collection, a vibrant and natural addition to a cherished urban oasis. Over the past four years, herbaceous perennial hibiscus have taken root throughout Lincoln Park Zoo, becoming the most common genus of all the plants…

Snowy Days at the Zoo

There’s ‘snow’ place like Lincoln Park Zoo during the winter months! Fresh snowfall recently blanketed the Windy City. Chicagoans may have differing opinions on the snow, but species across the zoo found unique ways of enjoying the fresh snowfall. Freya the snowy owl was spotted sitting on a snow mound. Did you notice the mouse…

Why Did the Chicken Receive Great Care?

Because of Lincoln Park Zoo, and guests like you At Farm-in-the-Zoo, guests can find a few zoo favorites sharing a habitat with the chickens: guest engagement, animal care, and science. These elements form the backbone of decisions at Lincoln Park Zoo, but few spaces on grounds encapsulate the spirit quite like the chicken yard—where guests…

Beneficial Bugs

Who let the bugs out? The zoo’s horticulture team did! When asked to think about garden insects, most people would land on the term ‘pest’ before ‘beneficial.’ Although insects typically receive a bad reputation, certain species can help control plant pests. Inside Lincoln Park Zoo’s buildings, like McCormick Bird House and Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House,…

Excellence Continues

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing forth challenges and the zoo’s first extended closure in 152 years, Lincoln Park Zoo remained an urban oasis, furthering animal care and welfare, as well as connecting communities to wildlife.

Caring for Primates During a Global Pandemic

Among the most frequent questions I get about my work at Lincoln Park Zoo in the context of the global pandemic is, “Do the chimps miss guests?”. I find it a curious question given that in the previous two decades during which I have worked at the zoo, the questions tend to be along the…

The Animals to Visit This Fall

With all the hot summer days in the rearview mirror, animal activity has increased across Lincoln Park Zoo. Whether running, galloping, swinging, stomping, or waddling across their exhibit, various species are taking full advantage of the cooler temperatures—making autumn an ideal time to visit the zoo! “When temperatures reach the 80s and 90s in July…