Wish List

This month's Wish List features an array of Halloween-themed enrichment for animals throughout the zoo. Whether designed to ‘trick’ or treat, each item encourages investigation, exploration, and natural behaviors.Thank you for your support of the Wish List, which plays an essential role in keeping each animal active and healthy—no matter the season!

Bobbing for Apples

An apple a day keeps the veterinarian away! There are two types of zebras at Lincoln Park Zoo—and both species love to snack on apples! Keepers at Regenstein African Journey and the Camel & Zebra Area provide apples as a sweet training reward for these stars in stripes. This fall, provide all the zebras with a delicious infusion of crunchy apples!

An apple a day keeps the veterinarian away! There are two types of zebras at Lincoln Park Zoo—and both species love to snack on apples! Keepers at Regenstein African Journey and the Camel & Zebra Area provide apples as a sweet training reward for these stars in stripes. This fall, provide all the zebras with a delicious infusion of crunchy apples!

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Hoppy Meal

Crickets are a food staple for many of the animals who reside at Lincoln Park Zoo—particularly the residents of Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. Before they become dinner, however, the zoo cares for these crickets just like any other animal. Crickets receive a complete cricket feed, giving them the nutrition they need to thrive and stay healthy as they prepare to become part of the food chain and nourish other animals.

Crickets are a food staple for many of the animals who reside at Lincoln Park Zoo—particularly the residents of Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. Before they become dinner, however, the zoo cares for these crickets just like any other animal. Crickets receive a complete cricket feed, giving them the nutrition they need to thrive and stay healthy as they prepare to become part of the food chain and nourish other animals.

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Be Afraid, ‘Beaver-y’ Afraid

Beavers are uniquely equipped to spend time underwater. These semi-aquatic mammals can hold their breath for 15 minutes, and they have transparent eyelids which allow them to navigate effortlessly through their underwater world. Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers work to keep the beaver habitat dynamic—both above and below the surface. Help us purchase a new floating speaker to introduce interesting sounds to the beavers’ watery world and promote exploration!

Beavers are uniquely equipped to spend time underwater. These semi-aquatic mammals can hold their breath for 15 minutes, and they have transparent eyelids which allow them to navigate effortlessly through their underwater world. Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers work to keep the beaver habitat dynamic—both above and below the surface. Help us purchase a new floating speaker to introduce interesting sounds to the beavers’ watery world and promote exploration!

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‘Hoo’ You Gonna Call?

Unlike other birds, Eastern screech owls don’t build nests. Instead, female owls lay their eggs in tree cavities, hollows, and even abandoned woodpecker holes. The owls return to the same nest year after year, and lay their eggs directly on the layer of fur and feathers left over from previous meals. Wish Bixby, the Eastern screen owl at Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, a happy H-owl-oween with a cozy new nest box!

Unlike other birds, Eastern screech owls don’t build nests. Instead, female owls lay their eggs in tree cavities, hollows, and even abandoned woodpecker holes. The owls return to the same nest year after year, and lay their eggs directly on the layer of fur and feathers left over from previous meals. Wish Bixby, the Eastern screen owl at Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, a happy H-owl-oween with a cozy new nest box!

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Squash Goals

Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and they’re chock full of fiber making them a zoo superfood! In addition to providing animals throughout the zoo with fresh pumpkins, many animals also enjoy canned pumpkin as part of their regular diet. Give the animals ‘pumpkin’ to talk about with a hearty supply of the squash they crave!

Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and they’re chock full of fiber making them a zoo superfood! In addition to providing animals throughout the zoo with fresh pumpkins, many animals also enjoy canned pumpkin as part of their regular diet. Give the animals ‘pumpkin’ to talk about with a hearty supply of the squash they crave!

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‘Fang’-tastic Fruit

Egyptian fruit bats love a sweet treat! Their long muzzle helps them chow down on favorites like pears, apples, grapes, and bananas. You won’t need echolocation to find this perfect item—select a share of this delectable fruit medley for the bats today!

Egyptian fruit bats love a sweet treat! Their long muzzle helps them chow down on favorites like pears, apples, grapes, and bananas. You won’t need echolocation to find this perfect item—select a share of this delectable fruit medley for the bats today!

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Trick or ‘Trout’

At Lincoln Park Zoo, nearly every animal receives customized enrichment to enhance its welfare—from the towering giraffe to tiny trout and cichlids. Keepers introduce something new into the fishes’ underwater environments by stuffing lettuce into “hol-ee roller” balls—special flexible balls full or large holes that the fish can swim around and through as they pick lettuce from within. Thanks to you, the fish will have a ball with a new set of “hol-ee rollers!”

At Lincoln Park Zoo, nearly every animal receives customized enrichment to enhance its welfare—from the towering giraffe to tiny trout and cichlids. Keepers introduce something new into the fishes’ underwater environments by stuffing lettuce into “hol-ee roller” balls—special flexible balls full or large holes that the fish can swim around and through as they pick lettuce from within. Thanks to you, the fish will have a ball with a new set of “hol-ee rollers!”

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Make No Bones About It

To encourage cinereous vultures’ scavenging and problem-solving behaviors, keepers scatter bones—like ribs—throughout their habitat for mealtime! The meat and bones provide protein while keeping mealtime enriching for this carnivorous bird. Make no bones about it, it’s going ‘tibia’ a great meal for vultures Linda and Grimm when you help us serve up some protein-packed pickings!

To encourage cinereous vultures’ scavenging and problem-solving behaviors, keepers scatter bones—like ribs—throughout their habitat for mealtime! The meat and bones provide protein while keeping mealtime enriching for this carnivorous bird. Make no bones about it, it’s going ‘tibia’ a great meal for vultures Linda and Grimm when you help us serve up some protein-packed pickings!

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Nightcrawler

Did you know? More than 20,000 crickets are delivered to Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House each week to nourish snakes, chameleons, toads, skinks, and more. But that’s not all! The zoo also feeds more than 20,000 mealworms, 12,000 waxworms, 12,000 superworms, and 100 nightcrawlers every single week! Help provide the insectivores with a heaping helping of nutritious bugs this fall.

Did you know? More than 20,000 crickets are delivered to Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House each week to nourish snakes, chameleons, toads, skinks, and more. But that’s not all! The zoo also feeds more than 20,000 mealworms, 12,000 waxworms, 12,000 superworms, and 100 nightcrawlers every single week! Help provide the insectivores with a heaping helping of nutritious bugs this fall.

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Wicked Witch of the ‘Nest’

More than 70 species of birds reside at Lincoln Park Zoo, and their nests come in all shapes and sizes. From the blue-crowned laughingthrush, who builds tiny, cup-shaped nests to the hamerkop, whose nests can span 8 feet in diameter, avian species throughout the zoo love cozy nesting material—like Spanish moss! This material may look spooky hanging from trees, but the squishy and spongy fiber is perfect for nest building. With this Wish List purchase, help purchase 50 pounds of fresh, Spanish moss today!

More than 70 species of birds reside at Lincoln Park Zoo, and their nests come in all shapes and sizes. From the blue-crowned laughingthrush, who builds tiny, cup-shaped nests to the hamerkop, whose nests can span 8 feet in diameter, avian species throughout the zoo love cozy nesting material—like Spanish moss! This material may look spooky hanging from trees, but the squishy and spongy fiber is perfect for nest building. With this Wish List purchase, help purchase 50 pounds of fresh, Spanish moss today!

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Creepin’ it Real

The nocturnal Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of the largest species of cockroaches in the world, reaching 2–3 inches at maturity. At Lincoln Park Zoo, these brawny bugs are provided with specially formulated roach diet and leaf-eater biscuits to provide essential protein, nutrients, and fiber. Give the roaches a delicious treat this Halloween!

The nocturnal Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of the largest species of cockroaches in the world, reaching 2–3 inches at maturity. At Lincoln Park Zoo, these brawny bugs are provided with specially formulated roach diet and leaf-eater biscuits to provide essential protein, nutrients, and fiber. Give the roaches a delicious treat this Halloween!

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Mice are Nice

In its native Australia and Tasmania, the nocturnal tawny frogmouth spends its nighttime hours hunting for insects and small animals. With their camouflage, it’s nearly impossible to see them hiding among trees—when an unsuspecting animal wanders by, the tawny frogmouth will pounce and subdue their prey with their powerful beaks. The frogmouth pair at Lincoln Park Zoo enjoys a steady supply of mice to stay active and healthy. Pick up some nourishing mice for these birds of the night!

In its native Australia and Tasmania, the nocturnal tawny frogmouth spends its nighttime hours hunting for insects and small animals. With their camouflage, it’s nearly impossible to see them hiding among trees—when an unsuspecting animal wanders by, the tawny frogmouth will pounce and subdue their prey with their powerful beaks. The frogmouth pair at Lincoln Park Zoo enjoys a steady supply of mice to stay active and healthy. Pick up some nourishing mice for these birds of the night!

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Keep Calm and Carrion

Cinereous vultures can stand up to three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to 10 feet across. The short feathers on their head and neck prevent gore from accumulating as they feed on dead animals, ranging from large mammals to fish and reptiles. Though this may sound unappetizing for humans, these scavengers play a critical role in the ecosystem by speeding decomposition and recycling nutrients. Provide the vultures with a delectable carcass today, and satisfy their natural craving for carrion!

Cinereous vultures can stand up to three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to 10 feet across. The short feathers on their head and neck prevent gore from accumulating as they feed on dead animals, ranging from large mammals to fish and reptiles. Though this may sound unappetizing for humans, these scavengers play a critical role in the ecosystem by speeding decomposition and recycling nutrients. Provide the vultures with a delectable carcass today, and satisfy their natural craving for carrion!

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Bam-‘BOO!’

Red pandas are unique tree-dwelling mammals that inhabit bamboo forests in their native South Asian range. Bamboo is the main staple of their diet, and red pandas spend most of their waking hours munching on the tender shoots and leaves—in fact, they can consume more than 10 pounds of bamboo per day! Welcome red pandas Xiaobo and Mei Lin to Pepper Family Wildlife Center with a substantial serving of this fibrous favorite!

Red pandas are unique tree-dwelling mammals that inhabit bamboo forests in their native South Asian range. Bamboo is the main staple of their diet, and red pandas spend most of their waking hours munching on the tender shoots and leaves—in fact, they can consume more than 10 pounds of bamboo per day! Welcome red pandas Xiaobo and Mei Lin to Pepper Family Wildlife Center with a substantial serving of this fibrous favorite!

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Happy ‘Howl’-o-ween!

In the wild, critically endangered red wolves are keen hunters, whose diet consists of rabbits, rodents, and other small prey. Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers satisfy the red wolves’ carnivorous cravings with a variety of protein including quail—a favorite snack of the pack. Provide the pups with meaty morsels to keep them snacking all month long!

In the wild, critically endangered red wolves are keen hunters, whose diet consists of rabbits, rodents, and other small prey. Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, keepers satisfy the red wolves’ carnivorous cravings with a variety of protein including quail—a favorite snack of the pack. Provide the pups with meaty morsels to keep them snacking all month long!

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Bone Appétit

We’re roaring with excitement as we welcome lions back to Lincoln Park Zoo! The pride is meeting critical milestones as they acclimate to each other and their expansive new home. Help us celebrate the grand opening of Pepper Family Wildlife Center—and welcome the lions in savory style—with a week’s worth of delicious meaty bones and rabbits for Zari, Cleo, Hasira, and Jabari!

We’re roaring with excitement as we welcome lions back to Lincoln Park Zoo! The pride is meeting critical milestones as they acclimate to each other and their expansive new home. Help us celebrate the grand opening of Pepper Family Wildlife Center—and welcome the lions in savory style—with a week’s worth of delicious meaty bones and rabbits for Zari, Cleo, Hasira, and Jabari!

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It’s Alive!

In the wild, carnivorous birds like snowy owls prey on small animals like rabbits and small rodents. Their excellent eyesight helps them spot prey as they cruise low to the ground, or keep a lookout from perches. At Lincoln Park Zoo, birds of prey get their meals delivered post mortem but keepers use a special vibrating food dish called a “vivicator” to simulate natural prey movement and foster natural hunting behaviors. Help us bring the birds’ meals to life with a new vivicator!

In the wild, carnivorous birds like snowy owls prey on small animals like rabbits and small rodents. Their excellent eyesight helps them spot prey as they cruise low to the ground, or keep a lookout from perches. At Lincoln Park Zoo, birds of prey get their meals delivered post mortem but keepers use a special vibrating food dish called a “vivicator” to simulate natural prey movement and foster natural hunting behaviors. Help us bring the birds’ meals to life with a new vivicator!

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Trick or ‘Tweet’

When it comes to feeding carnivorous birds, keepers get creative to provide foraging opportunities that provide mental stimulation, foster natural behaviors, and give the birds the nutrition they need. Enter the hanging meat ball! This specialty feeder is comprised of a slotted ball, which keepers can fill with meaty treats and insects. The ball slides up and down on a stainless steel kabob, onto which additional treats can be skewered, giving the birds hours of foraging fun. Chip in today and provide the birds with a fancy new hanging buffet!

When it comes to feeding carnivorous birds, keepers get creative to provide foraging opportunities that provide mental stimulation, foster natural behaviors, and give the birds the nutrition they need. Enter the hanging meat ball! This specialty feeder is comprised of a slotted ball, which keepers can fill with meaty treats and insects. The ball slides up and down on a stainless steel kabob, onto which additional treats can be skewered, giving the birds hours of foraging fun. Chip in today and provide the birds with a fancy new hanging buffet!

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Heads Will Roll

What’s more exciting than a floating alligator head for the African penguins and the birds at Swan Pond? Not much! Keepers use floating decoys—like faux alligator heads—to provide environmental enhancement in floating environments, and give birds something to explore…or avoid! Keep the birds on their webbed-toes with a new alligator head!

What’s more exciting than a floating alligator head for the African penguins and the birds at Swan Pond? Not much! Keepers use floating decoys—like faux alligator heads—to provide environmental enhancement in floating environments, and give birds something to explore…or avoid! Keep the birds on their webbed-toes with a new alligator head!

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I Put a ‘Smell’ on You

Scent enrichment is a feline favorite at Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Pepper Family Wildlife Center. Keepers will spread dried spices and perfume throughout the habitats of lions and snow leopards to keep the big cats active. Give the zoo’s newest residents some fragrant new enrichment as they explore their sprawling new habitat!

Scent enrichment is a feline favorite at Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Pepper Family Wildlife Center. Keepers will spread dried spices and perfume throughout the habitats of lions and snow leopards to keep the big cats active. Give the zoo’s newest residents some fragrant new enrichment as they explore their sprawling new habitat!

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I Vant To Suck Your Blood

Eating bloodworms for dinner may sound creepy, but not to Eastern newts, whose diet consists of protein-packed insects and worms. Bloodworms, which are typically found in shallow water and can grow more than a foot long, are a favorite of the amphibious newts. Serve up a slithering side dish of yummy bloodworms today!

Eating bloodworms for dinner may sound creepy, but not to Eastern newts, whose diet consists of protein-packed insects and worms. Bloodworms, which are typically found in shallow water and can grow more than a foot long, are a favorite of the amphibious newts. Serve up a slithering side dish of yummy bloodworms today!

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Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

The trio of female meerkats at Regenstein African Journey are named after popular singers. With your help, Queen, Alanis and Miranda will soon be grooving to a new tune. Keepers at Regenstein African Journey provide the meerkat mob with motion-activated balls constructed from tough tires. When the meerkats chew, roll, or wobble the balls through their habitat, a variety of sounds are emitted from within, providing audio enrichment and encouraging investigation. Help us provide these leading ladies with some chart-topping new enrichment today!

The trio of female meerkats at Regenstein African Journey are named after popular singers. With your help, Queen, Alanis and Miranda will soon be grooving to a new tune. Keepers at Regenstein African Journey provide the meerkat mob with motion-activated balls constructed from tough tires. When the meerkats chew, roll, or wobble the balls through their habitat, a variety of sounds are emitted from within, providing audio enrichment and encouraging investigation. Help us provide these leading ladies with some chart-topping new enrichment today!

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Pumpkin Patch

Celebrate Halloween with a ‘smashing’ display of pumpkins, which double as rolling enrichment for animals throughout the zoo! From eastern black rhinos and red wolves to monkeys and mongooses, turn mealtime into playtime with a ‘gourd-geous’ array of vitamin-packed pumpkins!

Celebrate Halloween with a ‘smashing’ display of pumpkins, which double as rolling enrichment for animals throughout the zoo! From eastern black rhinos and red wolves to monkeys and mongooses, turn mealtime into playtime with a ‘gourd-geous’ array of vitamin-packed pumpkins!

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