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What Do Squirrels Do in Winter?

Brrr, it’s getting cold outside! Have you ever wondered how animals like squirrels survive Chicago’s freezing temperatures without so much as a coat? While people typically respond to the cold by staying inside and putting on layers, it turns out squirrels have a similar strategy for dealing with the challenges of winter. They tend to…

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White-blotched River Stingray

White-blotched river stingrays are black with white spots across the top of their body and tail. Their enlarged pectoral fins make them look like floating discs. At maturity, they average about 16 inches across, but individuals can reach up to 30 inches in length. Their mouth and gills are located on their underside, allowing them…

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White-cheeked Gibbon

White-cheeked gibbons were named after the white patch of fur surrounding their mouth and chin. Like other gibbons, they are known as small apes due to their relatively diminuitive body size compared to great apes, such as western lowland gorillas or even humans. They can reach up to 25 inches in height and weigh approximately…

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White-faced Saki

White-faced sakis are small, sexually dimorphic monkeys that weigh about three to five pounds. Males have black fur surrounding their light brown-furred faces. Females are lighter, with bright strips of hair from their eyes to chin. Both sexes have flat, wide noses. While they are primarily frugivores, sakis also eat seeds and occasionally small mammals…

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White-headed Buffalo Weaver

White-headed buffalo weavers have a black tail and wings; an orange rump; and a white nape, forehead, and crown. They forage on the ground for insects, seeds, and fruit.

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White-lined Tanager

Medium-sized songbirds, white-lined tanagers are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. They are paler in comparasion to other tanagers—males have black plumage and white markings beneath their wings while females have rich auburn plumage. These birds feed on fruit, seeds, and insects.

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White-rumped Shama

White-rumped shamas have a long black tail, a chestnut belly, a white patch on their lower back and rump, a black bill, and pink feet. Females are typically shorter than males and have a grayish-brown color. They primarily eat insects, such as ants, grasshoppers, and caterpillars.


Wildlife at the Zoo in Winter

South of the zoo’s main grounds, wild animals adapt to winter by relying on natural habitat at the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk. In this prairie pond ecosystem, grasses and other native plants are brown and dry in winter, but that doesn’t mean the place has shut down. “To us it may seem dead, but for the…


Wish List

As days become shorter and temperatures begin to dip, animals throughout the zoo are soaking up the last days of summer and preparing for cooler weather ahead. Help the animals greet the changing seasons with cozy bedding material, hearty snacks, and puzzling enrichment for all!

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Wood Turtle

Wood turtles have brown shells with distinct, ornately marked segments called scutes. Their underside and legs are flecked with yellow, red, or orange markings. They are sexually dimorphic; males have longer tails and claws than females. Both sexes can reach up to nine inches in length. Omnivorous amphibians, wood turtles eat plants, animals, insects, and…

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Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle

Yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles are some of the largest turtles in South America, with females reaching up to twice the size of males. They have a dark upper shell and yellow spots across their head. Both sexes eat a variety of food, ranging from fruit and plant material to fish and small invertebrates. Females lay…


Zoo Heroes

Anyone who has ever worked with animals or had a pet knows it’s not all feeding, playing, and interacting. There are messes to clean, animal personality quirks to learn, and a lifelong commitment made to health and welfare. For the keepers here at Lincoln Park Zoo, this is no exception…and add to the equation that…