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Exhibit Fact Sheet

Camel & Zebra

Camel & Zebra area features naturalistic outdoor habitats shaded by century-old trees and tailored to a wide range of ungulates, large birds, marsupials, and other mammals.


Cats Out of the Bag: Lion House Design Announced

We are roaring with excitement to announce the renovation plans for the lion house! The building, originally opened in 1912, is a historic landmark and the last project of The Pride of Chicago, the zoo’s $135 million capital campaign. Construction is slated to begin by fall 2019 with an opening date to be determined. The $35 million…

Animal Fact Sheet

Chacoan Peccary

Chacoan peccaries are pig-like mammals with bristly, brown-gray fur; tough, leathery snouts; a strong jaw and tusks used for crushing seeds and slicing plant roots; and scent glands on their ridged back that give off a strong, musky odor. Weighing 65–95 pounds, they are the largest and least common of the three peccary species. Chacoan…

Garden Fact Sheet

Chaddick Foundation Welcome Garden

Chaddick Foundation Welcome Garden, planted in Summer 2018, welcomes guests to Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo with a showcase of native perennials.


Changing the Approach to Caring for Ambassador Animals

Here at Lincoln Park Zoo, we believe in data-informed decision-making and putting animal welfare first. After evaluating several of our programs over the last few years with the help of the Animal Welfare Science Program and the Animal Care and Learning departments, the zoo is making “animal-first” changes to programming that involves ambassador animals. “Animal-first”…


Chapter 1: This Summer, Feathers Will Fly

Welcome to “All My Penguins,” a new web series from Lincoln Park Zoo that documents the drama among the 15 African penguins residing at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove. You can follow the series by subscribing to ZooMail, which will include new “All My Penguin” posts at least every two weeks. Meet the Colony…


Chapter 2: Awkward

It’s a catastrophe. Well, technically, a catastrophic molt. And our colony is right in the thick of it. Madiba, Aiden, and Sunny have recently completed their annual molts, and they are looking fine in their brand new feathers. But molting ain’t easy. That’s Sunny pictured above, during a rare public appearance in full-on awkward molting…


Chapter 3: Clean Bills of Health

Always curious, Erik was the first one through the door. He waddled right up to the keepers and their cohort: the vets. Of course, he didn’t know it was check-up day. All of Lincoln Park Zoo’s African penguins have an annual visit with the veterinarian. In the above photo, Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of…


Chapter 4: Somebody to Preen On

For penguins, preening is important. By using their beaks to spread oil from glands at the base of their tails and necks, penguins waterproof themselves to remain torpedo-like in the water. Preening enforces social bonds, a la “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Download the Seafood Watch App to make sure your catch of the…


Chapter 5: Something’s Fishy

For a temperate species, things got heated in the last episode. Love triangles left some young and nestless and bachelors got beaky. It was intense. Just as the seas seemed to calm, things got a little fishy. To be fair, things are always a little fishy at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove. Make sure your catch…


Chapter 6: Say Yes to the Nest

What do you get when you put 15 African penguins from a variety of accredited zoos and aquariums together in one colony? Romantic storylines that could make reality TV producers envious. For a black-and-white group, there are a lot of gray areas when it comes to who’s preening who. As we enter breeding season this…


Chapter 7: After the Final Post

This is a true story…of 15 African penguins from a variety of accredited zoos and aquariums…living in Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove…and having their lives documented…to find out what happens…when penguins start getting real. You’ve tuned in as we’ve chronicled the daily lives of our African penguins through tumultuous molts, annual veterinary examinations, coupling,…

Garden Fact Sheet

Charles Schwartz Memorial Garden

Charles Schwartz Memorial Garden, redesigned and planted in Spring 2019, sprawls across a hillside overlooked by Park Place Café’s patio.



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