We peek behind the scenes at an exotic butterfly sanctuary in Chicago, and learn how volunteers help scientists track butterfly populations.
Animals & Nature
Remember Spike the corpse flower? The plant made famous in 2015 for being the first of its kind to (nearly) bloom in Chicago is on the comeback trail – and climbing to new heights.
Hoping to identify the source of an infection, veterinarians performed what is thought to be the first ever CT scan on a rhinoceros.
A team of scientists was exploring a rocky patch of ocean floor when they found something that shouldn’t have been there: octopuses – lots of them.
Spring serves as mating season for all sorts of animals found in Illinois, but no creature goes about it quite like the wood frog.
The 50-year-old gorilla was the zoo’s oldest animal. “Knowing it’s the right decision doesn’t make it hurt any less,” said Amy Roberts, curator of mammals for the Chicago Zoological Society.
Here’s something that might surprise you: The best place in the entire state of Illinois to see birds during their spring migration is in the city of Chicago.
Three years after they began installing bat houses along waterways in Cook County, conservationists are hoping the bats will start moving in this year.
Despite the early April snow showers, a recent bird sighting in Cook County is a strong sign that warmer spring weather is just around the corner.
There are 3,149 different types of plants in the Chicago region. A massive new book details every single one.
One year after welcoming its first baby reindeer in nearly four decades, Brookfield Zoo added another newborn fawn this week.
For the first time, Shedd Aquarium will host a full week of events leading up to Earth Day on April 22.
A camera set up near Rosehill Cemetery captured an unusual photo of a flying squirrel last fall, but the image was only recently discovered.
The grocery store chain released more details this week about its plans to phase out a practice that animal welfare advocates consider inhumane.