The Lincoln Park Zoo’s new critters
You don’t need to hit the internet to ogle at cute animals in 2012. Do you start with the pair of wombats that joined the Brookfield Zoo this summer? Or what about the pearly white baby beluga whale born at the Shedd Aquarium in August? Nay—neigh!—it must be Christmas for Lincoln Park Zoo already, because two of its recent additions are not only adorable, they’re endangered species. A baby western lowland gorilla (whose name and sex are to-be-determined) was born in October, and Kito, a Grevy’s zebra, whose name means “jewel” in Swahili and was decided by more than 2,000 public votes, arrived in August.
Best of Chicago 2012