September 20, 2011

Kartik Sloth Bear Paired with Hani

Have you met the new bear in town, Kartik? A male sloth bear, Kartik is an energetic two-year-old that loves to tear things up…exhibit walls, trees, grass…you name it! He will be paired up with eight-year-old female Hani, a dominant sloth bear who has resided at Brookfield Zoo for a while now. If the two successfully breed, hopefully Brookfield Zoo’s sloth bear population will double—females often give birth to twins!  more...

July 19, 2011

Maggie Orangutan Turns 50 Years Young

Staff and guests of Brookfield Zoo celebrated a milestone birthday on July 18, 2011, for Maggie, a Bornean orangutan who lives in the Asia section of Tropic World. Maggie turned 50 and ape-lovers of all ages came out to celebrate.  more...

June 28, 2011

Monkeys in the Trees at Brookfield Zoo

Guests should keep their eyes to the sky for a glimpse of small, orange primates in the trees at Brookfield Zoo. Now through mid-September, a pair of golden lion tamarins (called GLTs) named Shadow and Penny have been released in the wooded area just east of Indian Lake.  more...

May 24, 2011

Rare Okapi Calf Born at Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society is pleased to announce that an okapi (pronounced oh-KAH-pi) was born on April 27. The unnamed female calf and her mom Semliki, 8, are doing well. Currently, the calf spends the majority of her time off exhibit, but zoo guests may be lucky and catch glimpses of her with Semliki in their outdoor yard at Habitat Africa! The Forest. Since her birth, the calf has spent the majority of her time in a quiet nesting area located off exhibit. When she is about 3 months old, guests will be able to see her spending more time outdoors.  more...

May 06, 2011

Champion for Polar Bears Award

Polar Bears International (PBI) will present its prestigious “Champion for Polar Bears” award to the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) on Saturday, May 7, recognizing the Society for its acclaimed climate awareness programs and polar bear initiatives at Brookfield Zoo. At the same time, American Airlines will receive the “Paw of Approval” award for its collaboration with CZS in advancing conservation efforts throughout the world and its sustainable business practices.  more...

January 20, 2011

African Wild Dog Pups Receive First Physical

Brookfield Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of 10 African wild dog puppies. The pups, born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2010, are currently off exhibit with their mother Kim, 6, father Digger, 4, and Digger’s brother Duke, 4. Today, veterinarians performed physicals that included routine vaccinations and sexing of the 8-week-old pups. Just like vaccinating a family dog, they will receive additional inoculations at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.  more...

December 13, 2010

Przewalski Horses are Back at Brookfield Zoo

It has been nearly a decade since Przewalski’s horses (pronounced shuh-VAHL-skeez) resided at Brookfield Zoo. That changed this fall when three mares arrived at the zoo from National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. Guests can now see Olivia, 21, April, 20, and May, 20, on exhibit in a newly refurbished habitat along 31st Street, on the zoo’s north side. Przewalski’s horses, which were exhibited consistently at Brookfield Zoo between 1955 and 2001, are named after Colonel Nikolai Przewalksi, the first Western scientist to observe the species and to describe the horses in writing in 1878.  more...

November 17, 2010

2010 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Lions, polar bears, orangutans, white pelicans, and giraffes were the subjects of more than 320 photos that were submitted in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2010 Photo Contest. A panel of professional photographers judged the photos, from which they selected a grand prize winner and first-, second, and third-place winners in an adult and child category. The winning photos are on display in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center lobby through the end of the year.  more...

November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Feast for the Animals at Brookfield Zoo

Before you settle settle down for your own Thanksgiving Day meal on Thursday, November 25, you can head to Brookfield Zoo and join zookeepers in serving a Thanksgiving Day feast to some of the animals.  more...

October 13, 2010

Oral Hygiene Highlighted with Seals and Sea Lions

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Even though the association’s focus is on promoting good oral hygiene in humans, animals need to have healthy teeth, too. That is why three times a week the Animal Care staff at Brookfield Zoo makes brushing the teeth of the seals and sea lions a part of the animals’ preventive health care.  more...

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