Chicago is the home of many beloved animals, from the Shedd Aquarium's belugas to Lincoln Park Zoo's zebras. Here are three new animal exhibits that will be welcoming our furry, feathered and slimy-skinned friends this fall, adding to our city's marvelous menagerie.
The Lincoln Park Zoo's latest, greatest exhibit features everybody's favorite feathered friends... penguins! The brand new Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove showcases the endangered African penguin, a SAFE priority species due to its decreasing population in the wild, which has gone from 141,000 breeding pairs in 1956 to only about 25,000 today.
“Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove not only gives guests the opportunity to observe these incredible animals, but also engages visitors in conversation about both the positive and negative effects of human-wildlife interactions,” said Senior Vice President Megan Ross, Ph.D. “Endangered due to human impact, such as unsustainable fishing practices and oil spills, this species cannot survive without our help.”
Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Walter Family Arctic Tundra at Lincoln Park Zoo
Grand opening November 17!
This November, Lincoln Park Zoo's polar bears will be waltzing into the Walter Family Arctic Tundra, opening to the public on the 17th. At 11,483 square feet, this exhibit features a winding stream, waterfall and pools, as well as digging areas, a commercial ice machine and a behind-the-scenes denning area to accommodate potential cubs. Four immersive viewing areas include an underwater area, an ice-cave area with a tactile ice wall and air-cooling mechanism and a 10-square-foot training wall, where guests can witness keepers interacting with the bears.
One male polar bear will be moving in to the new digs just in time for the grand opening at the end of the month, and a female bear will be joining him this winter, as recommended by the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan® (SSP), which cooperatively manages the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited-zoo population. Can we expect a little Chicago polar cub in the months to come?
“Polar bears are seasonal breeders in which the females build a den in autumn and emerge from it in early spring with cubs, therefore the zoo must wait for the SSP to determine which female bear is without cubs and able to transfer,” said director of the Population Management Center at Lincoln Park Zoo Sarah Long. “The male bear at Lincoln Park Zoo is genetically and demographically valuable to the accredited-zoo population and we hope to have cubs at the zoo to help the future of this vulnerable species.”
Walter Family Arctic Tundra
2001 North Clark Street
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Exhibit opens November 5!
In a few short days, guests to the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be able to take a giant leap into the amazing and colorful world of frogs when the brand new exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors opens to frog lovers from near and far.
This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit gives kids big and small the chance to glide like a flying frog on a mini-zip line, test jumping skills against various frogs and even play dress up in colorful frog costumes. You'll also be able to activate recorded frog calls, view frog videos, spin a zoetrope and perform a virtual dissection of a friendly frog. You'll leave with a better understanding and greater appreciation of this incredible species.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
Exhibit runs November 5, 2016 to January 22, 2017
Admission starts at $6 (FREE for children under 3)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive