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#RhinoWatch: A Day with Davee Center

The Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology has a single goal: to use data to provide better care for animals at the zoo and conserve species in the wild. Pregnant female rhino Kapuki is no exception. Davee Center scientists have been using Kapuki’s fecal samples, or poop, to measure stress and hormone levels ever since she…


#RhinoWatch: Calf Takes First Few Steps Outside

#RhinoWatch continues! Lincoln Park Zoo’s eastern black rhino calf had access to his outdoor habitat at Regenstein African Journey today and made his zoo debut. The calf appeared eager to explore the new sights, scents, and sounds, but was hesitant to explore his outdoor habitat. After a few steps, he ran back inside to be…


#RhinoWatch: It’s a…Rhino!

We have some BIG news to share. Kapuki, the zoo’s 13-year-old female eastern black rhinoceros, is pregnant! The calf is expected to arrive in May at Regenstein African Journey. “The potential of a successful calf means much more than a cute face at the zoo. A birth represents preservation of a critically endangered species that faces a…


#RhinoWatch: Partaking in Preventive Care

#RhinoWatch continues! At only a few weeks old, Romeo the eastern black rhino calf was already partaking in positive reinforcement training sessions and followed a target to step on a scale for the first time. Now at 8 months old, Romeo continues to participate in his own healthcare and has successfully completed a voluntary blood draw!…

Animal Fact Sheet


Aardvarks have large fleshy ears, a long tail, a prominent snout, and a long sticky tongue that can slip inside termite mounds to capture prey. These distinctive mammals have a gray body that is lightly covered in hair. They can reach up to four feet in length and weigh 120 pounds. Nocturnal, they forage for…

Animal Fact Sheet

Abdim’s Stork

Abdim’s storks are long-limbed birds with black feathers accented by white portions under their wings. They have a blue face with a bright red patch around each eye. Among the smallest storks, these birds still stand nearly three feet tall, although females are slightly smaller than males. In some regions, Abdim’s storks are known as…


A Bundle of New Arrivals

Lincoln Park Zoo is a magical place—an urban oasis full of life. This year, the zoo celebrated arrivals of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Meet the zoo’s newest additions, from small to big, feathery to fuzzy. There’s never a dull moment at Lincoln Park Zoo, and this spring and summer were no exception. With an…

Science Project

A Community Effort to Monitor Chicago’s Bats

Since 2018, the Urban Wildlife Institute has partnered with local volunteers on a community science project to monitor bat species activity in Chicago.


A Firsthand Look at the Tiger King and Private Ownership

Joe Exotic stood in the doorway to the gift shop at GW Zoo, blocking the entrance and directing toward me a long, skeptical stare from underneath his fringed cowboy hat. We stood like that for what seemed like an eternity in the baking Oklahoma heat until he finally muttered, “So you’re the chimp guy, eh?”…

Animal Fact Sheet

African Painted Dog

African painted dogs have richly patterned coats with yellow, white, brown, black, and red markings. Adults are roughly the same size as large domestic dogs, weighing up to 80 pounds and reaching three and a half feet in length. They live and hunt in packs of up to 30 members that allow them to capture…

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African Penguin

African penguins are a smaller penguin species, standing about 18 inches tall and weighing around seven pounds. They use strong, flipper-like wings to propel themselves through the water and webbed feet to steer. Dense bones help them conserve energy while swimming, and backward-facing spines across their tongue help them catch prey. While in water, their…

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African Rock Python

African rock pythons, Africa’s largest snakes, can measure up to 25 feet long (10 to 15 feet is more typical) and are covered in brown, olive, and yellow blotches. These snakes have a triangle-shaped head marked with a brown spear-head shape outlined in yellow. Although they spend most of their time on the ground, they…

Animal Fact Sheet

African Spoonbill

African spoonbills have striking white plumage, a featherless red face, and long red legs. Their elongated, thin beak ends in a flat, extended bulge resembling a spoon that helps with capturing fish, crustaceans, and insects. They build nests made from sticks and leaves in trees above water. During breeding season, females lay three to five…