The Price of Extinction

More than 30 endangered species call Lincoln Park Zoo home. But in the wild, their future is threatened. Through The Price of Extinction, you can help save five of the most threatened species represented at the zoo.

Overview

The Price of Extinction takes into account how long each species has been at risk and how much it would cost to save them. The higher the price, the higher their risk.

Each Price of Extinction is represented by a collectible, limited-edition pass that helps to take away their threat. So, buy a pass, hear their plea, and take action with us to protect these critical species.

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Polar Bear

Vulnerable | $9.50

The world’s largest land mammal, listed as vulnerable for the last 38 years, has watched climate change slowly melt away its home. Purchase a limited-edition pass and take action with us to help protect the polar bear.

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African Penguin

Endangered | $15

These pink-browed birds have been endangered for more than a decade as their dwindling colonies face the growing threat of industrial fishing. Purchase a limited-edition pass and take action with us to help protect the African penguin.

 

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Eastern Black Rhinoceros

Critically Endangered | $30

Rhino horn is made of keratin, just like human hair and nails. Yet poaching for their horn has led to their severe decline over the past 20 years. Purchase a limited-edition pass and take action with us to help protect the eastern black rhino.

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Western Lowland Gorilla

Critically Endangered | $33

Our primate cousins are being driven out of their homes by large scale deforestation and have gone from vulnerable to critically endangered in the past 34 years. Purchase a limited-edition pass and take action with us to help protect the western lowland gorilla.

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Jamaican Iguana

Critically Endangered | $42

Driven to the brink by invasive species brought to Jamaica by humans, this tropical reptile was thought to be extinct in the wild for 52 years. While a small population was recently discovered, they remain critically endangered. Purchase a limited-edition pass and take action with us to help protect the Jamaican iguana.

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About the Artist

These collectible passes feature art by illustrator Chiara Vercesi, who donated some of her time and talent to create these one-of-a-kind pieces. Chiara is an Italian illustrator currently based in Amsterdam. Recognized for her vibrant style rich in textures and atmospheric brush strokes, she creates illustrations that are attention-grabbing and bold, yet light, and have a natural flow. Chiara begins by playing with the composition, concept, and design until it’s perfectly balanced. She has worked for years as a designer, art director, illustrator, concept artist, and creative artist. In 2018, she co-founded Sail Ho Studio collective.

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