Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Zoo Day! The Lincoln Park Zoo is a free Chicago attraction. It has an interesting connection to my last two cities, New York and Philadelphia. In 1868, the Lincoln Park commissioners were gifted two swans from Central Park, thus becoming the first residents of the zoo. In 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo sold a bear cub to the Lincoln Park Zoo… for just $10! According to the park’s historical timeline, the bear was a bit of a Houdini, as it was skilled at escaping, and found roaming Lincoln Park on many nights!
We saw primates of all kinds…
Real cats, toy cats, and cat tattoos… cheetah spots to be exact!
A polar bear who was trying to beat the heat…
And a poor camel with a deflated hump! You might have thought he was dehydrated, as we did at first. But I later learned that a camel’s humps store fat, not water. When a camel’s fat stores are depleted, the heavy hump falls to the side. Who knew?
Did you know that fish eat salad? We saw this feeding frenzy in the fish tank.
A beautiful day at the zoo!