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…

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…

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.

Made in the Shade

As the afternoon sun hits me through my west facing window, my air conditioner goes into overdrive and I dutifully move to lower my blinds as part of my daily routine. Many of us take this level of environmental control for granted. Of course, as I look over and see my cat stretched out in…

A Firsthand Look at the Tiger King and Private Ownership

Joe Exotic stood in the doorway to the gift shop at GW Zoo, blocking the entrance and directing toward me a long, skeptical stare from underneath his fringed cowboy hat. We stood like that for what seemed like an eternity in the baking Oklahoma heat until he finally muttered, “So you’re the chimp guy, eh?”…

Chimpanzee ‘Actors’ Find Reprieve at Lincoln Park Zoo

When Wildlife Waystation, an unaccredited wildlife facility in California, closed in August 2019, more than 40 chimpanzees were left in need of long-term care. Lincoln Park Zoo is proud to share that Regenstein Center for African Apes will be home to two of the chimpanzees, Eli and Susie, beginning this spring. “A group of zoo…

#RhinoWatch: Partaking in Preventive Care

#RhinoWatch continues! At only a few weeks old, Romeo the eastern black rhino calf was already partaking in positive reinforcement training sessions and followed a target to step on a scale for the first time. Now at 8 months old, Romeo continues to participate in his own healthcare and has successfully completed a voluntary blood draw!…

Polar Bear Check Up: Voluntary Blood Collection

For the first time in Lincoln Park Zoo history, a polar bear voluntarily participated in blood collection! Male polar bear Siku chose to participate in a blood draw, which allows Animal Care and veterinary staff to regularly monitor his health without the added stress of anesthesia. This voluntary behavior can also enable the zoo to…

Gorilla Infants at Regenstein Center for African Apes Receive Names

It’s the moment all zoo supporters have been waiting for! Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce the two western lowland gorilla male offspring have received names. The first gorilla baby, born to female Rollie on May 12, is named Mondika (mon-dee-kah) and the second baby, born to female Bana on June 12, is named Djeke (jek-ay).…