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Trees of Interest at Lincoln Park Zoo

The zoo’s gardens host an ‘unbe-leaf-able’ number of plant species—more than 1,200! Lincoln Park Zoo recently received arboretum accreditation from ArbNet, the only initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. Spanning 49 acres, the zoo’s gardens are spread throughout the park. Guests can download the Lincoln Park Zoo tree map,…

Animal Fact Sheet

Trumpeter Swan

The largest North American waterfowl, trumpeter swans have white plumage and a black bill. They feed primarily on seeds, grains, and wetland plants, as well as snails, insects, and small fish. These aquatic birds form breeding pairs at the age of 3 or 4, and pairs often mate for life. Female build a large grass…

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Violaceous Turaco

Violaceous turacos were named for their rich purple feathers. The only turaco species without a crest, these birds have a bright red bill, a yellow forehead, and a magenta crown. They primarily eat fruit, berries, flower buds, and insects.

Exhibit Fact Sheet

Walter Family Arctic Tundra

Walter Family Arctic Tundra is an expansive habitat strategically designed for polar bears, a carnivorous species threatened in the wild due to human impacts, such as climate change, which rapidly melts sea ice.

Exhibit Fact Sheet

Waterfowl Lagoon

The mudflats and shoreline at Waterfowl Lagoon encourage the resident Chilean flamingos and swan geese to engage in species-specific behaviors common in the wild, such as foraging for food and building mud towers for nesting.

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West African Dwarf Crocodile

West African dwarf crocodiles are uniformly dark in color and have brown eyes. These slow moving, timid creatures have heavily armored bodies covered in bony, plated scales from head to tail. They can grow to a length of five and a half feet and weigh 70 pounds. Aquatic and nocturnal, they feed on crabs, frogs,…

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West African Gaboon Viper

West African gaboon vipers have a triangular head and distrinct horn-like scales above their nostrils. The color of their ridged scales vary from brown to purple, and they have an intricate symmetrical design pattern along their body that resembles a line of yellow hourglasses. They primarily eat small mammals, rodents, ground-dwelling birds, frogs, and toads.

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Western Lowland Gorilla

Western lowland gorillas, one of the largest living primates, can grow up to six feet tall and over 400 pounds. All gorillas have a black coat but adult males also have a silvery-white “saddle” on their back. Gorillas are herbivorous, primarily feeding on leaves, stems, and fruit. Troops are made up of a dominant silverback,…