News Release

April 18, 2013

Contact : Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Brookfield Zoo to Remain Closed Tomorrow, April 19, Due to Weather

Brookfield, Ill.—Late this afternoon, the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, made the decision to keep the zoo closed to guests through tomorrow, Friday, April 19. This is due to flooding in some areas of the zoo. In addition, access to the zoo is limited as many of the side streets leading to it are closed.

The animals are being well cared for and are doing fine. The zoo will have staff on site to continue to provide core functions, including animal care and to check on the facilities.

This is only the third time in the zoo’s history that it has closed. The only other times the zoo closed was on February 2, 2011, due to a snow storm, and September 14, 2008, when there was extensive damage from a weekend rainstorm.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

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