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Photos: Zoo Lights to Stay Open Late All Week

By Paul Biasco | December 30, 2012 8:18am

LINCOLN PARK — Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo Lights will shine brightly each night, including weeknights and New Year's Eve, through Jan. 6.

The zoo plans to stay open during the final week of Zoo Lights for guests to see the more than 2 million lights, plus ice sculptors and holiday decorations.

The zoo will be open with the lights on from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. each night.

Visitors can see the zoo's two baby western lowland gorillas while the creatures sleep with their mothers in the Regenstein Center for African Apes. The lights will be dimmed in the center but  guests are asked to be quiet and refrain from using a camera flash on the sleeping gorillas and chimps.

Kwan, the 23-year-old silverback father of both babies, and the mother's of the babies, Bana and Rollie, can be see sleeping with their youngsters who this fall were born weeks apart.