Diving Deeper

Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

Zoo researchers monitor great ape behavior, health, and tool use in a mature old growth forest inside the pristine Goualougo Triangle.

Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine

Fall/Winter 2022

Forging the Future

Surprising science, holiday happenings, programs connecting teens to nature, & more

Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine: Fall/Winter 2022


pink hardy hibicus with chicago buildings in the background
Animals & Gardens, Learning
February 13, 2024
Horticulture and Hardiness Zones
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have changed. Here’s how this affects Lincoln Park Zoo and what it means for Chicago gardeners.
red wolf in snow
February 1, 2024
10 Tips for Taking Better Zoo Photos
Some experts here at the zoo offer both general and technical tips on how you can take better pictures of the animals!
cinereous vulture enjoying food enrichment
January 18, 2024
Feeding the Animals: Nutrition at Lincoln Park Zoo
Go behind the scenes and check out one of the important operations at the zoo, as performed by the Nutrition Center in conjunction with veterinary staff and keepers.
Learning, Zoo News
December 21, 2023
Surprising Science: Welfare for Reptiles
To ensure the wellbeing of reptiles, Lincoln Park Zoo researchers embarked upon a study of the substrates and “hides” that they prefer.
Learning, Conservation
September 6, 2023
2023 Black-Crowned Night Heron Field Log
From Henry Adams, Wildlife Management Coordinator at the Urban Wildlife Institute and primary investigator of all things night heron-related at Lincoln Park Zoo
June 1, 2023
Learning on the Go
Connecting people with nature in an inspiring and educational way is always on Lincoln Park Zoo’s to-do list. That’s why, when you’re on grounds, you’ll often see teams of volunteers or staff members facilitating our interactive mobile learning stations.
October 19, 2022
Surprising Science: Rattiest City?
Orkin, the national pest control company, recently named Chicago “rattiest city” for the eighth year in a row. The company said it ranked metro regions based on the number of new rodent treatments that took place between September 1, 2021-August…
June 29, 2022
Nature Play Chicago Summer-Style
Connecting children with nature is more challenging than it has ever been, as kids spend less time outdoors than they used to and more time with digital screens. But it’s also more important, in today’s urbanizing world, to foster a…
December 2, 2021
Winter Learning at the Zoo
Calling all youngsters! The zoo is the perfect place to learn about the natural world and connect with animals. From stimulating curiosity through play during LEAP (Learn, Explore, and Play) to tuning into the zoo’s new web series, ABCs of…
Learning, Zoo News
March 31, 2021
Douglass 18: Teaming up to Build a Conservation-Themed Miniature Golf Course
Lincoln Park Zoo has some ‘tee-rific’ news to share! Douglass 18, a community-led, youth-designed, conservation-themed miniature golf course, broke ground this week in North Lawndale. Obstacles for the 18 hole miniature golf course have landed on the West Side, which…
A wild squirrel
April 16, 2020
Studying Animal Behavior at Home
From eastern gray squirrels that forage around in parks and take shelter in trees to coyotes that travel throughout the city along corridors, urban wildlife is all around us in Chicago—whether we see them or not! Much like how scientists…
a child digging in the dirt with small wooden tools
April 2, 2020
Nature Play at Home
The world around us has slowed down and many of us are looking for signs of hope. One great place to look is to nature—even if that’s in your backyard, on your porch, or at your parkway! March 19 marked…
A western lowland gorilla infant in exhibit
October 24, 2019
How Do I Talk to my Child About Endangered Species or the Environment?
As parents, our goal is to raise our children to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted individuals. We want them to grow up to be successful in the world, but also to make a positive impact on their surroundings, on either…
May 11, 2017
Collaborating Across Generations for Science
Concerns about support for science education in the nation’s classrooms are legitimate. But to those of us who attended the zoo’s spirited 13th annual Science Celebration today, it’s also clear that collaborative partnerships among science-based institutions, schools, and philanthropic benefactors…
Chimpanzees gathered together in exhibit
Animals & Gardens, Learning
September 27, 2013
How Should Humans Treat Animals?
The principles of natural selection make clear the fact that animals have adapted to particular environments. We’ve all heard how giraffes evolved long necks to reach the highest branches or how zebras evolved monochromatic stripes to confuse predators. But these…
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