Wish List

Buy Something Special for the Zoo's Animals

Lincoln Park Zoo is thrilled to welcome visitors on grounds once again! This month's Wish List showcases an assortment of items to help the animals savor the season and beat the heat in these "dog days of summer!" Serve up a smorgasbord of staple summer foods or select from a sundry of enrichment items perfect for play and keeping warm weather at bay!

This month, every animal will relish the tasty treats and enticing enrichment you select. Thank you for your support!

Tickled Pink

Many are surprised to learn flamingos are not born with the bright pink plumage for which they are known! Upon birth, chicks have gray plumage and sometimes don't gain adult coloration for up to three years. Through consuming krill—small shrimp-like crustaceans that contain beta-carotene—flamingos develop their signature pink coloration. Delight our flamingos with a healthy serving of krill!

$10
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Fun in the Sun!

Boomer balls and bobbins are enrichment devices that can be used in myriad ways to keep the seals at Kovler Seal Pool swimming, diving, and playing all summer long! These curious animals love pushing the balls through the water as they bob and roll. Holes can also be drilled in the bobbins and balls to conceal delicious treats hidden inside. Keep the seals playing poolside with a set of new boomer balls and bobbins!

$4
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We’re Coming Clean!

With the reopening of the zoo, the health and safety of our guests and staff, as well as the animals in our care, is our top priority. Staff frequently use alcohol wipes throughout the day to disinfect shared areas like keyboards and phones. Help our staff keep it clean with a purchase of disinfecting alcohol wipes!

$100
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One Fine ‘Dayo’

Wish Diana monkey Dayo a happy second birthday with a ‘scent’-sational enrichment gift—a scent ball! Scent balls are filled with tasty treats and hung throughout their exhibit to encourage foraging behavior while providing a tasty and healthy snack. Don’t delay, fill Dayo’s birthday with a scent ball!

$6
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The ‘Roach’ Less Traveled

The Madagascar hissing cockroach earned its name from the loud, snake-like hiss it produces through unique breathing holes. The hissing sound not only startles away predators, but also signals intruders that they are infringing on the cockroaches’ territory. At Lincoln Park Zoo, we supply these brawny beasts with a specially formulated diet to provide essential protein, nutrients, and fiber. Supply the cockroaches with tasty tidbits!

$12
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Don’t Be So ‘Psyllium!’

The ponies at Farm-in-the-Zoo spend warm summer days grazing in their outdoor yards. Caretakers at the farm plant psyllium—a specially formulated grass seed—to withstand grazing and provide the ponies with the digestible fiber their diet requires. Ensure amazing grazing this summer with durable and delicious grass!

$4
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We are the ‘Chimp’-ions!

As former chimpanzee ‘actors’ Eli and Susie acclimate to their new environment at Lincoln Park Zoo, Animal Care staff introduce enrichment to help the pair learn how to be chimpanzees again. Bamboozle feeders—special foraging devices that allow animals to see and smell the food “trapped” inside—are provided to encourage natural foraging and problem-solving skills as the chimps manipulate food out of the feeder. Contribute to a new bamboozle feeder for Eli and Susie!

$12
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Crème de la Crème

Enhance zoo grounds with Crème de la Crème Summer Spice hibiscus flowers. This new hibiscus will be the 63rd cultivar of herbaceous hibiscus planted on our grounds. Select a share of this beautiful plant to add to Lincoln Park Zoo’s hibiscus collection!

$9
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Like ‘Knight’ and Day

The Oriente knight anoles are among the largest of the nearly 400 anole species. Adults can grow up to seven and a half inches long and weigh about two ounces. To ensure a balanced diet for these sturdy reptiles, keepers dust insect snacks with a superfine calcium powder. Purchase a share of insect dust…it ‘mite’ be the best choice you’ve made all day!

$10
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Sweet Summertime

The penguins at Lincoln Park Zoo don’t mind Chicago’s summer weather! African penguins have several heat-regulating adaptations—from patches of exposed skin near their eyes through which blood circulates and cools to special muscles that push feathers outward to release trapped heat. Ensure this cool colony enjoys summer with their year-round favorite treat...anchovies!

$7
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Don’t ‘Hurry,’ Be Happy

This August, Lincoln Park Zoo’s resident sloth Luigi turns another year older! This slow-moving mammal enjoys a plethora of starches and veggies—including lettuce, sweet potato, zucchini, and corn. ‘Lettuce’ share some love with Luigi by providing a cornucopia of healthy snacks on his birthday!

$11
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Celebrating World Painted Dog Day

African painted dogs are naturally curious and active. The Tipsy Tom—a durable plastic enrichment device—moves unpredictably as it wobbles around, allowing the dogs to chew on it, kick it, or push it across their yard. In honor of World Painted Dog Day on August 26, provide these canines with the ultimate roughhousing enrichment!

$7
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I ‘Toad’ You So

At Lincoln Park Zoo, the American toads enjoy a habitat equipped with live aquatic plants, pumps to circulate water, and UV lighting to enhance vitamin D production. All these features ensure the toads experience an enriching, clean, and naturalistic environment. Upgrade the toad’s home appliances with new lighting, pumps, and aquatic foliage!

$7
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You ‘Crack’-er Me Up!

Lincoln Park Zoo recently completed construction on a new training wall for the giraffes at Regenstein African Journey. Rae, a 2-year-old giraffe, frequently chooses to participate in operant training, where keepers say the way to Rae’s heart is with rye crisp crackers! Select some crackers today to keep Rae crunching and munching away!

$9
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I’m Your Biggest ‘Fan!’

Native to central and southern Argentina, the Patagonian cavy is around the size of a small dog with long legs and a build that resembles that of a kangaroo. At Lincoln Park Zoo, cavys choose to enjoy warm weather or opt for the cooler indoors throughout the summer. You can help make their indoor space a place to ‘chill’ with oscillating fans...no autograph required! Select a share of a fan today!

$8
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Don’t ‘Bug’ the Birds

Lacewings, ladybugs, and beetles...oh my! To control pesky bug species, these predatory insects are introduced to McCormick Bird House. The resident birds can’t carry the burden of devouring every bothersome bug, so spare a buck for the predatory bugs!

$8
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Just ‘Beet’ It!

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nutrition Center formulates specialized diets to meet the many nutritional needs of all the animals that call the zoo home. For the zoo’s hoofed animals, this usually entails a grain-based diet combined with vegetables for a fresh fiber boost! Critically endangered Bactrian camels get their dose of daily dietary fiber from beet pulp. Give the camels’ mealtime a boost with a yummy beet treat!

$6
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I’m All Ears!

Helga, Lincoln Park Zoo’s resident fennec fox, is an omnivore whose diet includes nutritious fruit and vegetables. To make mealtime more enriching, keepers often hide greenies—small nutritious treats—in paper bags to encourage natural hunting skills. Keep Helga healthy and active with delicious greenies!

$5
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