Introducing the Foleys

Lincoln Park Zoo has had a conservation presence in Tanzania since 1995. A bustling ecosystem of lion prides, elephant herds, and mongoose mobs makes it not only a fascinating space to research but also a place worth protecting. Lara Foley, M.S., and Charles Foley, Ph.D., recently joined zoo staff and have dedicated their lives to…

Reaching New Summits

In a rapidly urbanizing world, how do you build wildlife-friendly cities? Through research, planning, and collaboration. The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) held its first summit to encourage unity between experts of all kinds. The Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN), created by the Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo, combats the biodiversity crisis by…

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…

A Space for Lions, a Gift for Chicago

When Lincoln Park Zoo launched The Pride of Chicago capital campaign in 2012, we had a grand vision for the future of the zoo: a wildlife experience in the heart of the city that nurtures a love for nature; inspires connection to animals; and allows us to practice world-class animal care, conservation, and science—a space…

Thirty and Thriving

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science department began in 1989 with only a single scientist, but has become one of the largest zoo-based science programs in the country. On any given day at Lincoln Park Zoo, animals explore their habitats, families criss-cross the Main Mall, and wild pollinators flit between native plant species. But that’s only the tip of the…

Lincoln Park Zoo Stays Free Through 2050

Lincoln Park Zoo has been, and will always be, a magical place: a free oasis in the heart of Chicago, dedicated to connecting people to nature and creating environments where wildlife can thrive. For 127 years, the zoo was managed by the Chicago Park District and operated under the City of Chicago’s budget. In 1995,…

Cats Out of the Bag: Lion House Design Announced

We are roaring with excitement to announce the renovation plans for the lion house! The building, originally opened in 1912, is a historic landmark and the last project of The Pride of Chicago, the zoo’s $135 million capital campaign. Construction is slated to begin by fall 2019 with an opening date to be determined. The $35 million…

Changing the Approach to Caring for Ambassador Animals

Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, we believe in data-informed decision-making and putting animal welfare first. After evaluating several of our programs over the last few years with the help of the Animal Welfare Science Program and the Animal Care and Learning departments, the zoo is making “animal-first” changes to programming that involves ambassador animals. “Animal-first”…

Zoo Heroes

Anyone who has ever worked with animals or had a pet knows it’s not all feeding, playing, and interacting. There are messes to clean, animal personality quirks to learn, and a lifelong commitment made to health and welfare. For the keepers here at Lincoln Park Zoo, this is no exception…and add to the equation that…

Guardians in the Storm

While the city shuts down due to the winter storm, Lincoln Park Zoo’s keepers and grounds crew braved the negative temperatures and gusty winds to head in to care for the animals and the zoo. While photos can’t quite do their dedication justice, here’s a roundup of what’s been happening at the zoo this week:…