Baby western lowland gorilla in exhibit

Breakfast with the Animals: Great Apes

Calendar Icon September 20
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
Baby western lowland gorilla in exhibit


In 2019, two western lowland gorillas were born at the zoo’s Regenstein Center for African Apes: Mondika (mon-dee-kah) on May 12 and Djeke (jek-ay) on June 12. Their arrival, while adorable, was only possible thanks to the dedication of our Animal Care staff and the quality of our science, which continues to guide both infants today—as they grow, play, and climb!

Learn about these animals in-person at the zoo’s 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, Breakfast with the Animals will not feature an all-you-can-eat buffet as it has in the past. Please visit the Tock page to pre-order a meal that will be delivered to you at Foreman Pavilion.

Please note: orders must be placed after Saturday, September 5.


Jill Moyse, Curator of Primates

Jill started working at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2003. She was part of the team that opened Regenstein Center for African Apes, and then held the assistant lead keeper position at the center from 2009–2015. Jill spent the next two years at Houston Zoo as primate supervisor, overseeing nine different primate sections, more than 20 species of primates, and a team of 21 keepers.

Jill played an instrumental role in the successful opening of Houston Zoo’s first gorilla exhibit while completing her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration. In February 2017, Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed Jill back as zoological manager of primates. She was promoted to curator of primates that October.

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Zoo members: to apply your discount, please enter the first three digits of your membership ID in the “Enter Promotional Code” field when purchasing tickets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What changes have been made to Breakfast with the Animals 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 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 See animals?

Most outdoor animal exhibits will be open; however, all animal houses and Farm-in-the-Zoo will be closed.

Nearly 200 species live at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding—diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are most active at night. But remember: most habitats at the zoo include behind-the-scenes areas, and the animals can choose where to spend their time.

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 and Breakfast with the Animals usually sells out quickly.

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

If you are unable to attend Breakfast with the Animals, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. The name on the ticket does not need to match your ID. Refunds will not be given.

Breakfast with the Animals will take place rain or shine. Please dress accordingly!”

How do I enter 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 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 breakfast?

Virtual ticket-holders will receive a Zoom link and unique password, via your registered email address, within two hours of Breakfast with the Animals. Please click the provided link and enter your password 5-10 minutes before the breakfast begins. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and will automatically gain access as it begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the breakfast hasn’t 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 breakfast. 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 breakfast. If you have a follow up question that was not addressed, please email us at and we will try our best to reply with the answer.