Wish List

Buy Something Special for the Zoo's Animals

You’ve made your list and checked it twice…but wouldn’t including the zoo’s animals be nice?

With any purchase from the Wish List this month, you will receive a printable certificate—a perfect holiday gift for the animal lovers in your life. This holiday season, we are grateful for your generosity, which helps provide the highest quality care every day for every animal at the zoo. Thank you!

‘Scent’ My Love to You!

Ensure the pied tamarin's holiday season is brimming with delicious smells from this 'scent'-sational enrichment gift—a scent ball! Scent balls are filled with tasty, odiferous treats and hung throughout their exhibit to encourage foraging behavior while providing a tasty and healthy snack. Don't delay. Fill the tamarin's habitat with scent balls!

Ensure the pied tamarin's holiday season is brimming with delicious smells from this 'scent'-sational enrichment gift—a scent ball! Scent balls are filled with tasty, odiferous treats and hung throughout their exhibit to encourage foraging behavior while providing a tasty and healthy snack. Don't delay. Fill the tamarin's habitat with scent balls!

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Hark, It’s an Aardvark!

As a nocturnal mammal, Paatsy the aardvark forages for food at night by using her long tongue and powerful claws to extract her favorite snacks from puzzle feeders. Honeycomb feeders provide a brain teaser as she attempts to access honey or insects within. Supply this challenging feeder and ensure delicious meals for Paatsy this holiday season!

As a nocturnal mammal, Paatsy the aardvark forages for food at night by using her long tongue and powerful claws to extract her favorite snacks from puzzle feeders. Honeycomb feeders provide a brain teaser as she attempts to access honey or insects within. Supply this challenging feeder and ensure delicious meals for Paatsy this holiday season!

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It’s ‘Penguin’-ing to Look a Lot Like Christmas

In the wild, mealtime for African penguins is no small feat—chasing prey takes a lot of practice, and even then, penguins have only a spilt second to catch dinner. At Lincoln Park Zoo, the penguins enjoy eating sustainably sourced fish, such as capelin, herring, and anchovies. The zoo purchases nearly 26,800 pounds of fish per year for all zoo animals, and the nearly 20 penguins are fed their favorite fillets for every meal. Bait the hook and provide the salty snacks the penguins crave!

In the wild, mealtime for African penguins is no small feat—chasing prey takes a lot of practice, and even then, penguins have only a spilt second to catch dinner. At Lincoln Park Zoo, the penguins enjoy eating sustainably sourced fish, such as capelin, herring, and anchovies. The zoo purchases nearly 26,800 pounds of fish per year for all zoo animals, and the nearly 20 penguins are fed their favorite fillets for every meal. Bait the hook and provide the salty snacks the penguins crave!

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I ‘Wood’ Do Anything For You!

As the weather cools and days grow shorter, spongy shavings of wood wool serve as a favorite bedding material for Kwan's troop in Regenstein Center for African Apes. The gorillas often pull the cushy material into their nests when it's time for a little shut-eye. Ensure the entire gorilla family is cozy with a great ape's version of a fine duvet!

As the weather cools and days grow shorter, spongy shavings of wood wool serve as a favorite bedding material for Kwan's troop in Regenstein Center for African Apes. The gorillas often pull the cushy material into their nests when it's time for a little shut-eye. Ensure the entire gorilla family is cozy with a great ape's version of a fine duvet!

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What’s Poppin’?

At Lincoln Park Zoo, many zoo animals are treated to popcorn throughout the fall and holiday season! Provide the crunch for lunch by purchasing a share of popcorn today!

At Lincoln Park Zoo, many zoo animals are treated to popcorn throughout the fall and holiday season! Provide the crunch for lunch by purchasing a share of popcorn today!

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Regal Eagle

Bald eagles prey on fish, small mammals, and other birds, such as quail. Their strong talons and sharp beak enable the eagle to firmly grasp and tear their prey. To encourage their hunting habits, keepers provide bald eagle Ethan with a meaty meal of quail!

Bald eagles prey on fish, small mammals, and other birds, such as quail. Their strong talons and sharp beak enable the eagle to firmly grasp and tear their prey. To encourage their hunting habits, keepers provide bald eagle Ethan with a meaty meal of quail!

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‘Bone’ Appétit

The resident red wolf pack and African painted dogs spend hours chomping on delicious bones. These bones not only provide protein-packed enrichment, but also foster natural hunting behaviors, such as snatching the bones away from their cohabitants. Supply some 'gnaw'-some enrichment with nutritious bones for the canine companions!

The resident red wolf pack and African painted dogs spend hours chomping on delicious bones. These bones not only provide protein-packed enrichment, but also foster natural hunting behaviors, such as snatching the bones away from their cohabitants. Supply some 'gnaw'-some enrichment with nutritious bones for the canine companions!

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A ‘Chimp’ off the Old Block

Eli and Susie, the newest additions to the chimpanzee social group, continue to adjust positively to their new lifestyle at the zoo. By using behavioral science and enrichment techniques, the chimpanzees are encouraged to be active while enjoying a carefully crafted mix of vegetables, greens, chow biscuits, and plant-based supplements in their diet, as well as new enrichment devices. Eli and Susie continue to engage in natural chimpanzee behaviors that will improve their physical and psychological well-being. Encourage Eli and Susie's successful integration with their new social group with the highest quality food items and exciting new enrichment items!

Eli and Susie, the newest additions to the chimpanzee social group, continue to adjust positively to their new lifestyle at the zoo. By using behavioral science and enrichment techniques, the chimpanzees are encouraged to be active while enjoying a carefully crafted mix of vegetables, greens, chow biscuits, and plant-based supplements in their diet, as well as new enrichment devices. Eli and Susie continue to engage in natural chimpanzee behaviors that will improve their physical and psychological well-being. Encourage Eli and Susie's successful integration with their new social group with the highest quality food items and exciting new enrichment items!

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I Love You So, That’s All ‘Rhino!’

Rhinos can eat their weight in alfalfa every three months, so it comes as no surprise that Lincoln Park Zoo goes through tons of hay every year! High in protein and fiber, alfalfa is an essential part of each rhino’s daily diet. Pass the plate of this rhino favorite!

Rhinos can eat their weight in alfalfa every three months, so it comes as no surprise that Lincoln Park Zoo goes through tons of hay every year! High in protein and fiber, alfalfa is an essential part of each rhino’s daily diet. Pass the plate of this rhino favorite!

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A Smashing Holiday Season

The holiday season is always a hit when the animals receive colorful enrichment piñatas stuffed with nutritious veggies, fruits, and other treats! Lincoln Park Zoo’s dedicated volunteer teams construct and decorate balloons with animal-safe painted paper that encourage many species’ natural foraging and investigative behaviors as they rip through the paper to discover the tasty treats within. From balloons to gloves, provide the volunteer team with the supplies they need to ensure the animals have colorful presents to unwrap this holiday!

The holiday season is always a hit when the animals receive colorful enrichment piñatas stuffed with nutritious veggies, fruits, and other treats! Lincoln Park Zoo’s dedicated volunteer teams construct and decorate balloons with animal-safe painted paper that encourage many species’ natural foraging and investigative behaviors as they rip through the paper to discover the tasty treats within. From balloons to gloves, provide the volunteer team with the supplies they need to ensure the animals have colorful presents to unwrap this holiday!

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Alfalfa for Little Rascals

Klipspringers will jump at the opportunity to nibble on some alfalfa cubes! The crunchy grass is the preferred treat for these dwarf antelopes after a day of rock climbing in the Dry Thorn Forest habitat at Regenstein African Journey. Spring a buck for this klispringer snack!

Klipspringers will jump at the opportunity to nibble on some alfalfa cubes! The crunchy grass is the preferred treat for these dwarf antelopes after a day of rock climbing in the Dry Thorn Forest habitat at Regenstein African Journey. Spring a buck for this klispringer snack!

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Season’s ‘Tweetings’

American avocets are long-legged shorebirds with a long, thin bill that curves upward and distinctive black and white stripes on their back and sides. Avocets swoop their long, thin bill back and forth in the water to catch insects and aquatic crustaceans. Provide a tasty treat of blackworms for the avocets today!

American avocets are long-legged shorebirds with a long, thin bill that curves upward and distinctive black and white stripes on their back and sides. Avocets swoop their long, thin bill back and forth in the water to catch insects and aquatic crustaceans. Provide a tasty treat of blackworms for the avocets today!

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Forget the Milk and Cookies!

At Regenstein Center for African Apes, fruit juice serves as a favorite treat for chimpanzees and gorillas alike. Keepers present the delicious snacks in a variety of enriching ways for these great apes—from inside coconut shells hidden throughout their exhibit to frozen in blocks on kabob skewers! No matter the method, the juice is certainly worth the squeeze for resident gorillas and chimpanzees!

At Regenstein Center for African Apes, fruit juice serves as a favorite treat for chimpanzees and gorillas alike. Keepers present the delicious snacks in a variety of enriching ways for these great apes—from inside coconut shells hidden throughout their exhibit to frozen in blocks on kabob skewers! No matter the method, the juice is certainly worth the squeeze for resident gorillas and chimpanzees!

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Home for the Holidays

The hamerkop is a unique bird native to sub-Saharan Africa and known for building and reusing the same nest each year. With each passing year, the nest grows larger and larger, sometimes reaching up to eight feet in size! To satisfy these devoted builders, keepers supply plenty of coarse raffia ribbons, among other twigs and sticks, as nesting material. Provide some raffia to the hamerkops so they can drop into their cozy nest after a long day of flying, foraging, and socializing!

The hamerkop is a unique bird native to sub-Saharan Africa and known for building and reusing the same nest each year. With each passing year, the nest grows larger and larger, sometimes reaching up to eight feet in size! To satisfy these devoted builders, keepers supply plenty of coarse raffia ribbons, among other twigs and sticks, as nesting material. Provide some raffia to the hamerkops so they can drop into their cozy nest after a long day of flying, foraging, and socializing!

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Rhino Spa Day

The latest in rhino skin care has all our keepers raving—specially formulated aloe and coconut oil soap is all the rage this holiday season! At Lincoln Park Zoo, the rhinos stick to a skin care regimen by wallowing—or rolling around in mud—to trap in moisture and keep their thick skin hydrated. To ensure extra hydration during the winter, Animal Care staff augment the mud wallowing with a sudsy aloe and coconut oil bath. Keep the rhinos’ skin moisturized with a share of luxurious soap!

The latest in rhino skin care has all our keepers raving—specially formulated aloe and coconut oil soap is all the rage this holiday season! At Lincoln Park Zoo, the rhinos stick to a skin care regimen by wallowing—or rolling around in mud—to trap in moisture and keep their thick skin hydrated. To ensure extra hydration during the winter, Animal Care staff augment the mud wallowing with a sudsy aloe and coconut oil bath. Keep the rhinos’ skin moisturized with a share of luxurious soap!

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‘Takin’ the Scenic Route

Pumpkin spice and other seasonal treats are ever-popular at this time of year, and the Sichuan takin are no strangers to this trend! Keepers provide canned pumpkin as delicious, nutritious seasonal enrichment. Celebrate the holidays with a seasonally sweet treat of canned pumpkin for the takin!

Pumpkin spice and other seasonal treats are ever-popular at this time of year, and the Sichuan takin are no strangers to this trend! Keepers provide canned pumpkin as delicious, nutritious seasonal enrichment. Celebrate the holidays with a seasonally sweet treat of canned pumpkin for the takin!

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A Season for Reflection

Allen's swamp monkeys are naturally curious primates that love exploring their reflections in rocky lou mirrors throughout their exhibit. Furnish the family with a rocky lou and you'll give the monkeys hours of play!

Allen's swamp monkeys are naturally curious primates that love exploring their reflections in rocky lou mirrors throughout their exhibit. Furnish the family with a rocky lou and you'll give the monkeys hours of play!

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Happy ‘Paw’-nukkah

Thanks to a dry summer and six wolves bounding about their habitat, the ground inside Lincoln Park Zoo's red wolf habitat became very dry and compacted. Animal Care recently created multiple new sandy areas and poured 10,000 pounds of new top soil to provide the wolf pack with a variety of softer, natural substrates. Don't 'paws' too long. Support the newest soil upgrade for the red wolf pack!

Thanks to a dry summer and six wolves bounding about their habitat, the ground inside Lincoln Park Zoo's red wolf habitat became very dry and compacted. Animal Care recently created multiple new sandy areas and poured 10,000 pounds of new top soil to provide the wolf pack with a variety of softer, natural substrates. Don't 'paws' too long. Support the newest soil upgrade for the red wolf pack!

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Winter Wonderland

The Horticulture team at Lincoln Park Zoo uses a mixture of evergreen branches, colorful dogwood twigs, and other plant accents to enhance winter gardens throughout the zoo. Help the Horticulture team create a winter wonderland for the holiday season!

The Horticulture team at Lincoln Park Zoo uses a mixture of evergreen branches, colorful dogwood twigs, and other plant accents to enhance winter gardens throughout the zoo. Help the Horticulture team create a winter wonderland for the holiday season!

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Hip, ‘Hop,’ Hooray!

Reaching up to four feet tall and 120 pounds, the red kangaroo is native to the dry grasslands, deserts, and plains of Australia. Supply the kangaroos with some first-class grass and greens for grazing this winter!

Reaching up to four feet tall and 120 pounds, the red kangaroo is native to the dry grasslands, deserts, and plains of Australia. Supply the kangaroos with some first-class grass and greens for grazing this winter!

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‘Cow’-nt Down to the New Year!

At Farm-in-the-Zoo, the domestic cows don’t have to be babies to enjoy the mushy goodness of baby food! Zookeepers use fruit-flavored baby food as frequent food enrichment, but also for training and medication delivery. Keep their supplies stocked with this thoughtful treat!

At Farm-in-the-Zoo, the domestic cows don’t have to be babies to enjoy the mushy goodness of baby food! Zookeepers use fruit-flavored baby food as frequent food enrichment, but also for training and medication delivery. Keep their supplies stocked with this thoughtful treat!

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There’s Snow Place Like Home

The avian species at McCormick Bird House, from the towering Abdim's stork to the petite white-rumped shama, love cozy nesting material, especially cushy, shredded coconut husk fiber. This eco-friendly, renewable resource is a great building block for any species' nest. Select some coconut fiber for the birds to enjoy all winter long!

The avian species at McCormick Bird House, from the towering Abdim's stork to the petite white-rumped shama, love cozy nesting material, especially cushy, shredded coconut husk fiber. This eco-friendly, renewable resource is a great building block for any species' nest. Select some coconut fiber for the birds to enjoy all winter long!

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Green Bean Cass-‘anole’

Everyone has their favorite dish during the holidays, but Guam kingfishers enjoy anoles—a small lizard species—year-round! Guam kingfishers are extinct in the wild, but thanks to science-driven breeding efforts, the birds at Lincoln Park Zoo have produced dozens of chicks over the years. Serve these rare birds a slithering side dish to fuel their successful breeding!

Everyone has their favorite dish during the holidays, but Guam kingfishers enjoy anoles—a small lizard species—year-round! Guam kingfishers are extinct in the wild, but thanks to science-driven breeding efforts, the birds at Lincoln Park Zoo have produced dozens of chicks over the years. Serve these rare birds a slithering side dish to fuel their successful breeding!

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What’s that Plant’s Name?

Wondering about the name of all the gorgeous plants and flowers around zoo grounds? We are improving our plant labeling on zoo grounds to include the common and scientific names of the flowers, trees, and shrubbery you see! Support our educational efforts by purchasing some plant labels!

Wondering about the name of all the gorgeous plants and flowers around zoo grounds? We are improving our plant labeling on zoo grounds to include the common and scientific names of the flowers, trees, and shrubbery you see! Support our educational efforts by purchasing some plant labels!

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The Ghost of Christmas ‘Pheasant’

McCormick Bird House features many species from around the world, like the fairy bluebird and the palawan peacock pheasant, which are native to tropical rainforest environments. Give our feathered friends the opportunity to perch among the branches with beautiful live tropical trees and palms!

McCormick Bird House features many species from around the world, like the fairy bluebird and the palawan peacock pheasant, which are native to tropical rainforest environments. Give our feathered friends the opportunity to perch among the branches with beautiful live tropical trees and palms!

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Mixed Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Native to warm countries near the equator, naked mole rats huddle in large masses to slow heat loss, as they are unable to maintain their body temperature. Help keep bellies full in this cozy colony with nutritious nuts (without the fire)!

Native to warm countries near the equator, naked mole rats huddle in large masses to slow heat loss, as they are unable to maintain their body temperature. Help keep bellies full in this cozy colony with nutritious nuts (without the fire)!

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Eternal Summer

No matter how low the temperatures go, herbivores at Lincoln Park Zoo enjoy fresh, leafy greens all winter long. From the gorilla troops to the giraffes, these nutritious greens will provide a balanced diet for animals large and small, all season long!

No matter how low the temperatures go, herbivores at Lincoln Park Zoo enjoy fresh, leafy greens all winter long. From the gorilla troops to the giraffes, these nutritious greens will provide a balanced diet for animals large and small, all season long!

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Waiting Under the Mistle ‘Toad’

Though oriental fire-bellied toads have beautiful coloration on their belly, you don’t want to be anywhere near these poisonous, carnivorous amphibians in the wild. At Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers provide nutritious crickets as part of a balanced diet—one toad can consume more than 18 crickets per feeding! Don’t wait for the opportunity to pass. Score some crickets for the toads today!

Though oriental fire-bellied toads have beautiful coloration on their belly, you don’t want to be anywhere near these poisonous, carnivorous amphibians in the wild. At Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers provide nutritious crickets as part of a balanced diet—one toad can consume more than 18 crickets per feeding! Don’t wait for the opportunity to pass. Score some crickets for the toads today!

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Brace Your ‘Elf’

Having the right tools is essential to building perfect habitats for every animal at the zoo. From heavy duty nuts and bolts that hold enrichment in place for rough-housing gorillas to warming light fixtures for reptiles, ensure zoo staff has the tools they need to keep the animal's exhibits in tip-top shape!

Having the right tools is essential to building perfect habitats for every animal at the zoo. From heavy duty nuts and bolts that hold enrichment in place for rough-housing gorillas to warming light fixtures for reptiles, ensure zoo staff has the tools they need to keep the animal's exhibits in tip-top shape!

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$25 Donation

Your zoo needs you! Thank you for helping to sustain our shared treasure.

Your zoo needs you! Thank you for helping to sustain our shared treasure.

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$50 Donation

Did you know? Lincoln Park Zoo relies on the generosity of its members, donors, and visitors to keep the zoo free. Thanks for supporting Chicago's free zoo!

Did you know? Lincoln Park Zoo relies on the generosity of its members, donors, and visitors to keep the zoo free. Thanks for supporting Chicago's free zoo!

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$100 Donation

When you make a gift to Lincoln Park Zoo, you provide direct support for the zoo's innovative learning programs and worldwide conservation programs, as well as the animals in our care. Thank you!

When you make a gift to Lincoln Park Zoo, you provide direct support for the zoo's innovative learning programs and worldwide conservation programs, as well as the animals in our care. Thank you!

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$250 Donation

We are so grateful for your support of Lincoln Park Zoo. As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, your support is more critical than ever.

We are so grateful for your support of Lincoln Park Zoo. As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, your support is more critical than ever.

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$500 Donation

Lincoln Park Zoo’s donors are the heart of Chicago’s free zoo. With an investment at this level, all donors will receive a one-year Explorers’ Circle membership, and all commensurate benefits, including unlimited free parking, priority registration for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew, a front-of-scenes zoo tour, 10 complimentary rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel or Lionel Train Adventure, and more!

Lincoln Park Zoo’s donors are the heart of Chicago’s free zoo. With an investment at this level, all donors will receive a one-year Explorers’ Circle membership, and all commensurate benefits, including unlimited free parking, priority registration for Summer Conservation Camp and Zoo Crew, a front-of-scenes zoo tour, 10 complimentary rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel or Lionel Train Adventure, and more!

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