Staff at Brookfield Zoo are mourning the sudden death of a newborn dolphin. The female calf was nearly a week old. She was born to a 26-year-old dolphin, Allie, one of three Brookfield dolphins who were pregnant this summer.The baby weighed around 40 pounds at birth and measured 3 feet long.
Nearby residents are livid over the Park District’s plan to close the zoo in Indian Boundary Park on the far North Side. They say the district has chronically underfunded the public asset that made their neighborhood unique.
Lincoln Park Zoo opens at 7 a.m., and Kevin Bell has coffee in the morning: One cup; he needs it. He gets to the zoo at 6 a.m.., something he has done almost every day for nearly four decades, ever since he was 23 and came here from New York to become curator of birds—the youngest curator in the zoo's history.