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…

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?”…

#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!…

A Bundle of New Arrivals

Lincoln Park Zoo is a magical place—an urban oasis full of life. This year, the zoo celebrated arrivals of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Meet the zoo’s newest additions, from small to big, feathery to fuzzy. There’s never a dull moment at Lincoln Park Zoo, and this spring and summer were no exception. With an…

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…

Trees of Interest at Lincoln Park Zoo

The zoo’s gardens host an ‘unbe-leaf-able’ number of plant species—more than 1,200! Lincoln Park Zoo recently received arboretum accreditation from ArbNet, the only initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. Spanning 49 acres, the zoo’s gardens are spread throughout the park. Guests can download the Lincoln Park Zoo tree map,…

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).…