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Party for the Planet

Sunday, April 27

Every day is Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo, but on this very special day we will be showcasing some of the steps you can commit to that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe!

This year we will focus on the African Painted Dog which are medium-size dogs that live on the savannah and in the open woodlands of central and southern Africa. They have a distinctively patterned coat, and no two are exactly alike. Black, yellow, white, and dark brown are the main colors in the wild dog pallet, and these colors are in an almost unlimited combination of patterns. With only 6,000 in the wild, African Painted Dogs are more endangered than elephants, rhinos and lions. There will be African Painted Dog themed activities including an artifact touch station, painting dog cut-outs, and special Zoo Chats at Habitat Africa! The Savannah at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Party for the Planet will be filled with educational, engaging, and fun activities for the entire family including:

On the North Mall and inside the Pavilions you'll find displays by eco-friendly companies with representatives who will be able to share the latest in their fields and discuss products that will help the environment. You can also recycle your old cell phones and accessories, iPods and Mp3 players, handheld game systems, GPS units, laptops, E-readers, and portable hard drives.


Do you have old unwanted electronics, bicycles, shoes, and soccer balls that can be recycled? Drop them off in the North parking lot from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. It's a free and green way to spring clean! Plus, receive free parking in the North Parking lot if you bring an approved item to recycle that day. For a list of acceptable items for recycling, please click here.


GreenThirteen_band.jpgMake sure to stop by the stage inside the Pavilions from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and see the band Green Thirteen "recycle" music!

Chicago-Kite-Logo.GIFFly by the West Mall to watch professional kite demonstrations by Chicago Kite. Kites of all shapes and sizes will also be available for purchase.

Brookfield Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African Painted Dogs. SSPs strive to build strong, healthy populations of endangered animals in captivity through selective breeding. Lead Keeper Stephanie Rhodes maintains the North American studbook for African Painted Dogs.