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Oriente Knight Anole

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. Their body is covered with small green scales, including vertical dorsal scales, and they have pale blotches along their mouth. Like most anoles, males have a…

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As the largest living bird species, ostriches can reach up to nine feet tall and weigh up to 285 pounds. They have a black chest and wings; a white underside; and a long, bare neck and legs. Because of their large size, ostriches are unable to fly. They primarily feed on seeds and plants but…


Our History

Since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo has grown side by side with the City of Chicago—from swans to science and from trading post to metropolis. Now, we touch so many lives in so many different ways: our visitors learn about diverse species from around the planet, our animals receive enrichment that inspires natural behaviors, and our…

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Palawan Peacock Pheasant

Males have metallic-blue wings and an extendable black crest on top of the head. The species has a colorful tail with robin’s-egg colored spots resembling eyes approximating that of a peacock. Females, by contrast, have a more muted brown plumage, although they also have a crest and spotted tail feathers. This forest-dwelling bird eats seeds,…

Private Event Venue

Park Place Terrace & South Lawn

Bordered by swan, primate, and flamingo exhibits, the terrace and gently sloping lawn are ideal for outdoor events.

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Pied Tamarin

Adult pied tamarins have a bald head with black skin and large ears, giving these primates an unusual and striking appearance. They eat fruit, flowers, and small animals. Pied tamarins live in social family groups with multiple adult males and females. Females usually have two offpsring at a time, and the entire groups helps care…

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Plains Zebra

Plains zebras have broader stripes than other zebra species, and their stripes become even broader and more horizontal toward their flank and rear. The stripes near their neck and forelimbs are more vertical and continue into their mane. Plains zebras primarily graze on grass, herbs, leaves, and twigs. Females in each harem, led by a…

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Polar Bear

Polar bears can grow up to eight feet long and weigh up to 1700 pounds. Their distinctive coat is composed of long, transparent hairs, which reflect light to display a white appearance. Their small ears and short tail help limit heat loss in their icy environment while large paws help them navigate thin ice by…


Polar Bear Check Up: Voluntary Blood Collection

For the first time in Lincoln Park Zoo history, a polar bear voluntarily participated in blood collection! Male polar bear Siku chose to participate in a blood draw, which allows Animal Care and veterinary staff to regularly monitor his health without the added stress of anesthesia. This voluntary behavior can also enable the zoo to…