Animal Care staff examining a Chilean flamingo

Breakfast with the Animals: Big & Small, Our Vets Care for All

Calendar Icon August 9
Clock Icon 10 a.m.–noon
Clock Icon In Person: $25
$22.50 for zoo members
Virtual: $15
$13.50 for zoo members
Age Icon Ages 12+
Curators Will Discuss Reproduction
Animal Care staff holding a polar bear's paw


Lincoln Park Zoo veterinarians are available 24/7 to care for everything from 3,000-pound black rhinos to geckos the size of a one-carat diamond—and each of them require the same standard of care and veterinary ingenuity! Join Dr. Kathryn Gamble, Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine, and her staff as they share the challenges and successes of caring for the largest and smallest animals at the zoo.

Enjoy the event in person at Foreman Pavilion or virtually from the comfort of your home.

COVID-19 Updates

While coffee, tea, and water are included in the cost of your ticket, this event will not feature an all-you-can-eat buffet as it has in the past. Please visit the Breakfast with the Animals Tock page to pre-order a meal that will be delivered to Foreman Pavilion ahead of the event.

Please note: orders must be placed within two weeks of the event.


Kathryn C. Gamble, D.V.M., M.S., Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM)

Kathryn graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 (B.S.), 1992 (D.V.M.), and 1995 (M.S. in Veterinary Pharmacology). Initially serving as the associate veterinarian at the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium at Fair Park for 10 years, she became the Dr. Lester E Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2002. She achieved her ACZM Diplomate status in 1999 and ECZM Diplomate status in 2012.

Since 2003, she has mentored a residency in Chicago and taught more than 75 interns and preceptors between her two institutions. Positions in AAZV have included JZWM associate editor (since 1996), Infectious Disease Committee co-chair and chair, and Research Committee co-chair and chair. She has been Examination Committee chair for both ACZM and ECZM, and she has received Presidential Service Awards in 1998, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016. She is adjunct faculty with University Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and Northwestern Medical University, and an invited lecturer in the curriculum of the Royal Veterinary College/Zoological Society of London.

Since 1996, she has been the veterinary advisor for the Coraciiformes TAG and Buceros SSP, and since 2003, she has been the veterinary advisor for the Chimpanzee SSP. She has also authored chapters for Fowlers 5, 7, 8, and 9; was a contributing editor for Fowler 9; and was recently invited for Fowler 10.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What changes have been made to this event due to COVID-19?

As always, we are working hard to make Lincoln Park Zoo as safe as possible—for our visitors and staff, as well as the animals in our care. We routinely clean and disinfect all surfaces and public areas. Please keep the zoo safe for everyone by adhering to all guidelines and washing your hands often. Learn More

Operational changes to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19:

  • Subject to event age restrictions, all zoo guests over the age of 2 must wear a face covering unless medically unable.
  • Outdoor food and retail kiosks will be open. Food kiosks will feature individually pre-wrapped grab-and-go food items. Credit cards are preferred to minimize physical interaction.
  • All staff are required to wear PPE, and we will clean high-touch areas more often.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the East and West Gates. Guests may also wash their hands at the restrooms near Regenstein Macaque Forest and the East Gate.

As a reminder, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Lincoln Park Zoo you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Will I be able to interact with the animals?

No. Guests will have uninterrupted access to each animal’s normal viewing areas, but all animals will remain inside their habitats throughout the event.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

If tickets remain available, a limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door for an advanced price. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, though, as there are a limited number of tickets for this event and it usually sells out quickly. We cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the gates on the day of the event.

Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded and what happens if it rains?

If you are not able to make it to the event, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. The name on the ticket does not need to match your ID. There are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo.

All events are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!

How do I enter the event and can I re-enter once checked in?

Guests may enter the zoo at the East Gate on Cannon/Fullerton (the zoo’s parking lot) or the West Gate on Stockton/Webster. Tickets can be scanned on your smartphone or on a printed sheet of paper. Re-entry for this event is not permitted.

Where can I park and is parking included with my ticket?

Parking is not included in your ticket price; however, paid parking is available. Guests who wish to drive can park in the zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please visit our Hours & Location page.

As a virtual guest, how do I log into the event?

Virtual ticket-holders will receive a Zoom link and unique password, via your registered email address, within two hours of the event. Please click the provided link and enter your password 5-10 minutes before the event begins. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and will automatically gain access to the event as it begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the event has begun yet, which gives you time to test your audio.

You can access Zoom via PC/Mac/Android/iPhone—however, we strongly encourage you to check your settings in advance before attempting to join the virtual event. To ensure a smooth virtual experience, you should have a secure internet connection.

You will be muted upon entry and will not be allowed to unmute or share your screen with others in the group. The best way to experience the event is through the “Speaker View” option, which will appear in the top-right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

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As a virtual guest, can I ask the host a question?

Yes! Your question will be sent to the host of the meeting, who will try to get through as many as possible at the conclusion of the event. If you have a follow up question that was not addressed during the virtual event, please email us at and we will try our best to reply with the answer.