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Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature through a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science, and conservation.

As populations increase, it’s crucial to find ways for people and wildlife to thrive together. This is a charge Lincoln Park Zoo is ready to lead. We’re at the forefront of studying how people and nature clash and coexist, and teaching visitors of all backgrounds how nature must be integrated in our lives for healthy, happy futures for people and animals alike.

Our vision: Inspire communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world.

In the Field with Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes

Much like anyone in the northern hemisphere on the first warm Saturday of the year, each spring the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake (EMR) emerges from the holes that it hibernates in all winter ready for some sun and a good meal to kick-start its growth and reproduction for the year. And each spring, a group of…

Creation of a National Urban Wildlife Monitoring Network Helps Build Wildlife-Friendly Cities

How close do you think you are to wildlife right now? When I ask people that question, they often contemplate how many miles it is to the nearest national park or forest. Closer to home, maybe they think about a nearby park or stream. Sometimes they tell me about that time a deer walked across…