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A Bundle of New Arrivals

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Lincoln Park Zoo is a magical place—an urban oasis full of life. This year, the zoo celebrated arrivals of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Meet the zoo’s newest additions, from small to big, feathery to fuzzy. There’s never a dull moment at Lincoln Park Zoo, and this spring and summer were no exception. With an…

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Amphibious Alliance

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Lions. Elephants. Chimpanzees. African dogs. Mountain gorillas. Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., director of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, has studied wild and captive species from every corner of the world via hair, blood, nail, semen, urine, and fecal samples. By analyzing the stress and reproductive hormones in biological materials, she monitored the…

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Caring for Primates During a Global Pandemic

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Among the most frequent questions I get about my work at Lincoln Park Zoo in the context of the global pandemic is, “Do the chimps miss guests?”. I find it a curious question given that in the previous two decades during which I have worked at the zoo, the questions tend to be along the…

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Chewing the Scenery

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Springtime brings human locavores to the farmers market to browse for fresh greens. Meanwhile, the chameleons, chimpanzees, and alpacas (pictured above) living at Lincoln Park Zoo are eating right from the backyard Chimpanzees and gorillas enjoy mulberry leaves, willow branches, and grapevines. Tortoises go nuts for homegrown hibiscus flowers. And the alpacas and camels? “They’ll…

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Consistency Is Key

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While the Tanzanian plains might look vastly different than the forests of the Republic of Congo or the great Chicago skyline, Lincoln Park Zoo’s conservation sites may have more in common than one might think. Each benefits from the zoo’s tried-and-true approaches, refined using decades of noninvasively collected data across the sites, to helping mitigate…

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Excellence Continues

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic bringing forth challenges and the zoo’s first extended closure in 152 years, Lincoln Park Zoo remained an urban oasis, furthering animal care and welfare, as well as connecting communities to wildlife.

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Gorilla Infants at Regenstein Center for African Apes Receive Names

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It’s the moment all zoo supporters have been waiting for! Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce the two western lowland gorilla male offspring have received names. The first gorilla baby, born to female Rollie on May 12, is named Mondika (mon-dee-kah) and the second baby, born to female Bana on June 12, is named Djeke (jek-ay).…

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Gorillas on the Line…Will you Answer the Call?

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Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions across the globe for Gorillas on the Line, a cell phone recycling initiative. Zoo visitors can recycle their old cell phones, small electronic devices, and battery chargers in the collection box at Searle Visitor Center through September 24. Taking small steps, such…

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Lincoln Park Zoo Gorilla Infants Receive Names; Honor Conservation Efforts

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Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce that the two western lowland gorilla male offspring have received names: Mondika and Djeke.

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Lincoln Park Zoo Magazine: Spring 2018

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In This Issue: Lincoln Park Zoo collaborates for the care and conservation of chimpanzees and gorillas.

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Living Among Apes

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For the last 20 years, the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (GTAP) staff have lived and breathed wild great ape research and conservation. Under the leadership of Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes research scientist David Morgan, Ph.D., the team has grown across two remote field sites and employs site managers and…

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Love is in the Air, and at Lincoln Park Zoo

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‘Tis the season of love! Like humans, animals pair up in various ways. Some species mate for life, while others live in groups. Some only come together to reproduce and otherwise choose to be solitary. Below, discover ways that some species pair up—or don’t!—and learn about partners here at Lincoln Park Zoo. Pairs at the…

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Regenstein Center for African Apes

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The award-winning, state-of-the art Regenstein Center for African Apes features naturalistic indoor and outdoor living space for endangered chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas.

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Remembering Lincoln Park Zoo Director Dr. Lester E. Fisher

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Lincoln Park Zoo is saddened to share former Zoo Director Dr. Lester E. Fisher passed away at the age of 100 on December 22. A Lincoln Park Zoo icon and household name, Dr. Fisher transformed the notion of what a zoo is during his 30-year tenure as zoo director of Lincoln Park Zoo, emphasizing the…

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Spring Has Sprung

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Spring has sprung at Lincoln Park Zoo! With warmer weather and sunny days making an appearance in the Windy City, it’s the perfect time to visit the zoo and connect with wildlife. Be sure to make a reservation before journeying to the zoo. Reservations are released via Eventbrite at 4:30 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday…

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Take Action With Us: Let Primates Be Primates

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For decades, primates (monkeys, apes, and lemurs) have been used in the entertainment industry, appearing as “actors” and props in television shows, movies, advertisements, street performances, photographs, and music videos. These appearances negatively impact both individual animal welfare and the conservation of primates at large. Research conducted through the Lester E. Fisher Center for the…

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Teaming Up for a Polar Bear X-Ray

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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…

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The Animals to Visit This Fall

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With all the hot summer days in the rearview mirror, animal activity has increased across Lincoln Park Zoo. Whether running, galloping, swinging, stomping, or waddling across their exhibit, various species are taking full advantage of the cooler temperatures—making autumn an ideal time to visit the zoo! “When temperatures reach the 80s and 90s in July…

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Thirty and Thriving

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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…

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Western Lowland Gorilla

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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,…