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…

African Spoonbill

There’s a new addition at Regenstein African Journey! On Friday, January 22, an African spoonbill chick hatched to pair Luke and Annabelle. The chick is doing well and continues to surpass critical milestones. Incubation time is around three weeks. Once the chick hatches, it’s only a little bit of time before the youngster is full…

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…

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,…

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…

A Hibiscus Haven

It’s no surprise that the herbaceous perennial hibiscuses in the zoo’s gardens are a visitor favorite! These eye-catching, large flowers are hard to miss on zoo grounds and are a popular spot for snagging the perfect zoo photo. Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce that it recently received national accreditation from the American Public…

Farewell to Beloved Caruso

On August 21, Animal Care Staff at Lincoln Park Zoo made the difficult but responsible decision to euthanize Caruso, a 30-year-old male white-cheeked gibbon. Caruso was incredibly well-known throughout the community due to his gregarious and amiable demeanor. He enjoyed interacting in daily training sessions with keepers, even making vocalizations for his favorite food and…

Got Milkweed? Help Support Pollinator Populations

Throughout the summer, zoo grounds are a flourish with blooming plants, trees, and shrubbery! Around Nature Boardwalk, the Horticulture Department at the zoo has planted many different species of milkweed, from swamp to whorled! As the summer heat sets in, milkweed begins to bloom, attracting pollinators with its sweet nectar. Take a look below to…

Consistency Is Key

While the Tanzanian plains might look vastly different than the forests of the Republic of Congo or the great Chicago skyline, Lincoln Park Zoo’s conservation sites may have more in common than one might think. Each benefits from the zoo’s tried-and-true approaches, refined using decades of noninvasively collected data across the sites, to helping mitigate…

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?”…