Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine

Fall/Winter 2022

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Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine: Fall/Winter 2022


Animals & Gardens, Conservation
April 26, 2023
Arbor Day at Lincoln Park Zoo
Arbor Day was first celebrated in the Nebraska Territory in 1872 as a tree-planting holiday for settlers to the area. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first holiday. After that, more and more states joined the celebration.
Animals & Gardens
April 3, 2023
An Extravagance of Tulips
As spring arrives, some of the first flowers you’ll see blooming at Lincoln Park Zoo will be tulips, whose arrival will herald the coming of the season
Animals & Gardens, Zoo News
March 16, 2023
Lion Cub Names Revealed!
Get ready to roar the names of the three male lion cubs born January 9! The cubs were named in partnership with several Ilchokuti (Ill-cho-koo-tee) or “lion guardians” who are Maasai community members that work in Tanzania alongside Lincoln Park…
Animals & Gardens, Zoo News
February 23, 2023
#LionWatch: The Three Lion Cubs Are All Male!
If you have been following Lincoln Park Zoo’s updates on the lion cubs born January 9 to African lioness Zari, you know that they have been growing in strength, exploring the indoor area outside of their den, and meeting important milestones behind the scenes.
Animals & Gardens
February 2, 2023
Incredible Iguanas
If you’re hooked into the running community, you may already have heard: this year’s Run for the Zoo logo features the Jamaican iguana, the largest land animal native to that tourist-friendly country. The iguana’s image will appear on this year’s T-shirts and the Supporter Medal, a beautiful keepsake you can get for a $25 donation.
Animals & Gardens
December 12, 2022
Life and Legacy: Bur Oaks And Other Trees At Lincoln Park Zoo
You may have seen that the 250- to 300-year old bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) on Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Lawn is at the natural end of its life—the news has been featured in local news outlets, such as WTTW. As…
Animals & Gardens
September 23, 2022
Glorious Gorillas
The great care provided to the western lowland gorillas at Lincoln Park Zoo represents just a small amount of the innovative work our Animal Care staff, scientists, Veterinary staff and others do for this charismatic primate species. Now, in recognition…
Animals & Gardens
August 17, 2022
The Hibiscus Charm
Boasting bright colors, dazzling names, and glorious trumpet shapes, the hibiscus at the zoo are a fan favorite, always charming visitors this time of year. And it’s no wonder—these remarkable flowers are currently in bloom, with peak bloom arriving in…
Animals & Gardens, Conservation
July 7, 2022
Planting Native Species to Support Monarch Butterflies
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo is an urban oasis teeming with life. This serene, prairie-style wetland surrounded by a meandering boardwalk and native plants and trees is the perfect place for Chicagoans to connect with nature in the heart…
Animals & Gardens
June 30, 2022
Keeping Cool
Summer in Chicago brings blooming flowers and sunny days, along with a spike in temperatures. What goes into caring for species at the zoo during the warmest months of the year?  Every day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes…
Animals & Gardens
June 9, 2022
The Zoo Blooms in Summer
Spring is well on its way to turning into a fun, active, sensational Chicago summer. At Lincoln Park Zoo, that means blooms are flourishing everywhere—thousands of different plants, mixed together to create a riot of color that beautifies the grounds…
Animals & Gardens
June 2, 2022
The Science of Space at Pepper Family Wildlife Center
As the summer sun sets, the tall savanna-like grasses at Pepper Family Wildlife Center rustle in the wind. Jabari lounges on Pride Rock, enjoying the cool air rushing through the overhead vent. He peers out into the distance, looking upon…
Animals & Gardens, Zoo News
March 17, 2022
A New Addition at Pepper Family Wildlife Center
The African lion pride at Pepper Family Wildlife Center has grown by one! Lincoln Park Zoo is roaring with excitement to share the arrival of a healthy cub. On March 15, 3-year-old African lion Zari gave birth to a cub…
Animals & Gardens, Zoo News
March 15, 2022
Photos of Animals Affect the Way We Think
You know the greeting card with a grinning chimpanzee wearing a party hat wishing you a happy birthday? I’m sure you can picture that card, but I definitely won’t show it to you. I can’t show you the picture because…
Animals & Gardens
February 16, 2022
‘Cool’ Care: How the Zoo Provides for Animals in Winter
Winter in Chicago offers fresh snowfall, chilly temperatures, and plenty of seasonal joy, as well as a unique perspective on how species at the zoo handle the coldest months of the year. For some animals with natural adaptations to cold…