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Intricately patterned birds, sunbitterns have a dark blueish-black head with white strips above and below their eyes. Their back features alternating black, white, blue, and brown stripes, which help them blend into their forest habitat. A brightly colored pattern on their wings help to attract mates and drive away rivals.

Animal Fact Sheet

Swan Goose

Swan geese have a black bill and a chestnut-colored chest. They feed primarily on plants, grazing on dry land for grasses and sedges.

Garden Fact Sheet

Swan Pond Waterfall Overlook

Swan Pond Waterfall Overlook, bursting with a wide range of diverse plants, watches over Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond from the north.


Tapping into Animal Behavior

Technology created at Lincoln Park Zoo is fostering a deeper understanding of animal welfare and health here and around the globe. A Lincoln Park Zoo volunteer is holding an iPad and taking notes as she stares intently at Howie, a stout pygmy hippopotamus shimmering in the water at Regenstein African Journey. Just a moment earlier,…

Animal Fact Sheet

Taveta Golden Weaver

Taveta golden weavers were named, in part, for the males’ bright yellow feathers, which are paired with a green-tinted tail and wings and auburn patches on their nape and chest. Females have duller yellow-green plumage. These small songbirds primarily eat seeds, grasses, and insects. They often nest in large colonies, sometimes mixed with other weaver…

Animal Fact Sheet

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny frogmouths have gray plumage with occasional black streaks, which allow them to blend into the branches and avoid detection by predators. Nocturnal birds, they use their large, bright yellow eyes and excellent hearing to hunt. Breeding pairs typically return and add to the same nest each year.


Teaming Up for a Polar Bear X-Ray

Preventive care for Lincoln Park Zoo’s animals is a team effort: among Animal Care staff, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and the animals themselves. Using operant conditioning methods based on positive reinforcement, keepers encourage animals to voluntarily participate in their own care. From a western lowland gorilla displaying its teeth to a harbor seal raising a…


The Bats of Chicago

For the last couple years, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has spent some time listening to the skies. Because of this data, we now have a pretty good idea of who is flying around at night, chomping up all of the nighttime insects, from moths to mosquitoes. Now that the weather is turning cooler, most…

Science Project

The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

Zoo researchers monitor great ape behavior, health, and tool use in a mature old growth forest inside the pristine Goualougo Triangle.

Science Project

The Urban Wildlife Information Network

The Urban Wildlife Information Network works to provide city planners, wildlife managers, and researchers with the tools needed to make cities part of the solution to the biodiversity crisis.


Thirty and Thriving

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science department began in 1989 with only a single scientist, but has become one of the largest zoo-based science programs in the country. On any given day at Lincoln Park Zoo, animals explore their habitats, families criss-cross the Main Mall, and wild pollinators flit between native plant species. But that’s only the tip of the…