Lincoln Park Zoo located in Chicago’s largest park , Lincoln Park , is one of the oldest zoos in US founded in 1869 and one of the most popular attractions in the city . The 35-acre (14 ha) zoo is a leader in terms of wildlife conservation, community education, and recreation.
Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals including big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling nearly 1,250 animals. Visitors coming here won’t be disappointed . Lincoln Park Zoo features more than 80 species of mammals, from the most ordinary to the exotic ones. There are also 70 species of reptiles, amphibians, and fish including snakes, salamanders, turtles, and frogs .An excellent array of birds from 75 species can also be found here at McCormick Bird House exhibit. Much more than a star and eight planets, explore the many worlds of our Solar System – planets, moons, comets and asteroids.
The zoo was founded in 1868, being the oldest free public zoo in the country . The first bison ever born in captivity was born in Lincoln Park. The Lion House was built in 1912. The Primate House, constructed in 1927 and was home to a famous gorilla called, Bushman.Marlin Perkins, the host of the television program Zoo Parade and , Wild Kingdom, was the director of the zoo from 1944 until 1962. He created Lincoln Park Zoological Society. The facility underwent a dramatic transformation in the 1970s and 1980s, with the additions of many new, naturalistic exhibits.
In 2010, Lincoln Park Zoo transformed the adjacent South Pond to create Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, a pond habitat that features native plants and wildlife.
Lincoln Park Zoo exhibits
The zoo includes the following permanent exhibits:
- Antelope and Zebra Area
- Penguin/Seabird House
- Helen V. Brach Primate House
- Farm-in-the-Zoo is an interactive exhibit where kids can milk cows, taste honey, and churn butter
- Sea Lion Pool is home to harbor seals, gray seals, and California sea lions
- McCormick Bird House
- Swan Pond
- Bear Habitat
- Nature Boardwalk
- African Journey features indoor and outdoor habitats that’s home to elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and other large mammal
- Birds of Prey Exhibit
- Children’s Zoo offers supervised hands-on interactions with specially selected animals, so children and adults can better understand and appreciate the importance of all members of the wild kingdom as well as a fun Treetop Canopy Adventure.
- Center for African Apes has had remarkable success breeding gorillas and chimpanzees, and watching these ape families interact can be mesmerizing
- Small Mammal/Reptile House features a glass-enclosed walk-through ecosystem simulating river, savanna, and forest habitats.
The not profit Lincoln Park Zoo is also one of the country’s last remaining free of charge zoos which attracts more than 3 million visitors a year being open all year round . Visitors should allow at least 2 to 3 hours enjoying all the wonderful exhibits and any special programs that may be on the agenda for the day. Lincoln Park Zoo also offers a number of programs and special events for families as well as lectures for adults.
Lincoln Park Zoo membership offers families the chance to support this wonderful free resource, and includes free parking coupons free admission to more than 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide . The zoo also feature an indoor food court as well as the Big Cats Café, located on a terrace above the gift shop.