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Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café

One of the zoo’s oldest historic landmarks, located in the heart of the zoo.

Animal Fact Sheet

Eastern Black Rhinoceros

Eastern black rhinoceroses stand up to five feet high at the shoulder, span 12 feet in length, weigh up to 3,000 pounds, and have two fibrous keratin horns. As a herbivorous browser, black rhinos primarily eat leafy plants, branches, shoots, thorny wood bushes, and fruit. Their skin harbors many external parasites, which are eaten by…

Animal Fact Sheet

Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern box turtles grow up to five inches long and weigh up to two pounds. Females are larger than males and have yellow-brown eyes; males have red eyes. Their carapace, or top shell, is brown with yellow markings while their plastron, or bottom shell, is lighter with a hinge one-third of the way back. They…

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Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes can reach up to 30 inches in length. Their cryptic coloration—irregularly dark saddles alternating against a lighter background—helps them blend into the leaves and branches of their wetland, and their tail ends in a namesake “rattle,” a collection of modified scales. They spend the winter hibernating in underwater burrows, where the cold…

Science Project

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Efforts

Habitat loss has caused this shy species to become endangered through much of its range, including Illinois. Lincoln Park Zoo works with partners across the country to guide its recovery.

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Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern screech owls are a mix of white, gray, and reddish-brown—coloration that helps them blend into the branches and trees. These predators can reach up to nine inches tall with a wingspan of nearly two feet. Females are slightly larger than males. They prey on a wide variety of insects and small animals, including mice,…


Eclectic Company

How do you care for a venomous snake? Nocturnal mouse? Ancient crocodile? Curator Dan Boehm shares all the things you never knew about Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. Scaly, furry, slimy, fuzzy, tiny, gigantic. Two, four, six, or eight legs—or none at all! Small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.…

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Egyptian Fruit Bat

Egyptian fruit bats have light-brown bodies, dark brown wings, a long muzzle, and a two-foot wingspan. True to their name, these nocturnal mammals feed almost exclusively on soft fruits, such as dates, apples, and apricots. Female give birth to only one offspring, on average, after a gestation period of 105–120 days. Young bats cling to…

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Emerald Starling

Emerald starlings were named for their vibrant colors—green, iridescent feathers on their crown, chest, and wings and purple markings on their belly and around their eyes. In the wild, these birds live in flocks of 15–20 members, although they occasionally gather to form larger groups. They build their nest in small holes in tree stumps…

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European White Stork

Large birds, European white storks can reach up to 40 inches in height and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their white body feathers are offset by black wing feathers. Long, thin legs enable them to wade easily through shallow water, where they hunt insects, frogs, rodents, lizards, snakes, and small birds.…

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Fairy Bluebird

Fairy bluebirds are a dimorphic species, meaning that males and females differ in appearance. Males are bright blue and black, which helps them attract more muted females. They feed primarily on fruit, particularly figs, and insects. In the wild, they live in flocks of up to 30 individuals.

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The farm buildings, including the Main Barn, ranch-style Farm House, and Dairy Barn.