Having opened its doors to the public as far back as 1868 the zoo also enjoys the rare honour of being the country’s oldest public zoo to offer free entrance. Landscaped to perfection with towering trees, shady walking paths and gardens in full bloom the venue is also a preferred haunt for nature lovers.
As the home of 80 mammal species the zoo is a veritable treasure trove for animal lovers as glorious creatures from Australia and Africa are also part of the enclave. The Regenstein Centre for African Apes is popular with all zoo visitors while other zoo animals that attract frequent visitors include majestic lions, polar bears, camels, rhinoceros, giraffes and sun bears. Over 70 species of amphibians, reptiles and fish are also on display at Lincoln Park Zoo which boasts 2300 creepy crawlies and aquatic animals.
Bird lovers will also enjoy the over 75 bird species that inhabit McCormick Bird House while penguin and seal fanatics can feast their eyes on the quirky creatures at the Kovler Penguin and Seabird House which also houses a seal pond.
The special Children’s Zoo within Lincoln Park Zoo offers young ones interactive experiences with the animals and the opportunity to engage in activities such as the Treetop Canopy Adventure. The Farm-in-the-Zoo is also a crowd favourite as this hands-on enclave lets children milk cows, churn butter and participate in other similar activities. Other points of interest at the venue include the LPZOO Express train ride, the Endangered Species Carousel ride and swan/paddle boat rides while a 4-D Virtual Safari simulator is also on hand to offer visitors a truly immersive zoo experience.
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