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).…

#RhinoWatch: Calf Takes First Few Steps Outside

#RhinoWatch continues! Lincoln Park Zoo’s eastern black rhino calf had access to his outdoor habitat at Regenstein African Journey today and made his zoo debut. The calf appeared eager to explore the new sights, scents, and sounds, but was hesitant to explore his outdoor habitat. After a few steps, he ran back inside to be…

#RhinoWatch: A BIG New Arrival

For the last several months, the zoo and its supporters have been patiently awaiting the arrival of an eastern black rhinoceros calf. On May 19, after 15 months of pregnancy, Kapuki gave birth to a healthy calf—exciting news for the critically endangered species. As #RhinoWatch continues, we will post a timeline and updates as the…

Eclectic Company

How do you care for a venomous snake? Nocturnal mouse? Ancient crocodile? Curator Dan Boehm shares all the things you never knew about Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. Scaly, furry, slimy, fuzzy, tiny, gigantic. Two, four, six, or eight legs—or none at all! Small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.…