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Regenstein Center for African Apes - Lincoln Park Zoo

July 2008.

Regenstein Center for African Apes - Lincoln Park Zoo
snowleopard, 26 Jul 2008
    • reduakari
      I have never seen (nor even seen a picture of) a gorilla using this outdoor exhibit. In fact all of the apes in this building clearly prefer their indoor environments to the outdoor enclosures (they are given free access to either except during very cold periods). The lack of shade and the perceived security of a "canopy" provided by the indoors is part of it--air conditioning is another! I'm not overly impressed by this complex, though the animals and staff seem to really like it.
    • snowleopard
      It's an interesting fact that gorillas often appear to prefer some type of cover over their heads, and yet I've visited so many zoos that have "gorilla groves" or "gorilla meadows" that are barren acre plots with a couple of trees. Pittsburgh and the National Zoo in Washington D.C. both have fairly sterile outdoor paddocks without any sort of coverage for their great apes. Maybe that's why Howletts in England is so highly regarded by many researchers, as it isn't a beautiful enclosure but surely does the job for its inhabitants.
    • BlackRhino
      This whole complex seems extremely impressive. Probably the 3rd best Gorilla exhibit in the U.S.
    • snowleopard
      I'd like to know if reduakari is correct by stating that perhaps the gorillas don't use this space as much as would be assumed, as the indoor areas for both the chimps and gorillas (along with at least one of the three outdoor yards) are used for rotation purposes. Does anyone in the Chicago area frequent this zoo often enough to know anything about the usage of the outdoor areas? Or even how often the different species of apes are rotated through the 3 outdoor and 3 indoor zones?
    • mweb08
      The National Zoo does have some trees that provide shade for their gorillas.
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