Regenstein Center for African Apes

Regenstein Center for African Apes

The award-winning, state-of-the art Regenstein Center for African Apes features naturalistic indoor and outdoor living space for endangered chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas. Intensive behavioral research on chimpanzee and gorilla environmental preferences informed the design of these habitats.

The habitats include fallen logs, water features, dozens of trees, and 5,000 feet of artificial vines for climbing and hanging. The chimpanzee habitat also features functional termite mounds.

This building also includes an expansive behind-the-scenes indoor and outdoor area, where staff care for a group of chimpanzees as a part of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE. All the habitats also support the great ape cognition research conducted by scientists at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, which is headquartered inside this building.

Commitment to Care

Animals may not be visible at all times. To promote positive animal welfare, we provide animals with choices. They can choose to spend time in areas that are out of public view.

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Chimpanzee in exhibit

Daily Activities

A western lowland gorilla using a touchscreen computer as a zoo educators explains the concept to guests

Ape Cognition and Care

1:30 p.m.
Discover the surprising methods used to learn about and care for great apes.

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Take Action With Us

Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

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