February 15, 2013

Eat Your Heart Out!

Some of the animals at Brookfield Zoo received some heart-shaped treats for Valentine’s Day. The bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and grey seals seemed to enjoy heart-shaped ice and gelatin treats. And, the western lowland gorillas were given some nutritious heart-shaped cookies made of ground primate biscuit, oatmeal, bananas, raisins, and peanut butter!  more...

January 14, 2013

Kangaroos Thinking Outside the Pouch

Two kangaroo joeys born at Brookfield Zoo are now exploring their outdoor habitat at the Australia House exhibit. The joeys, born on February 20 and March 13 of last year to moms Daisy, 7½, and Sheila, 11, have been spending more time out of their mothers’ pouches. The 10- and 11-month-old joeys began hopping around and exploring their new surroundings this past November and just this month, respectively...  more...

November 02, 2012

Endangered Wolf Part of Recovery Efforts

With only 58 Mexican gray wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, a 4½-year-old female Mexican gray wolf is leaving Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, to prepare to enter the wild. The release to the wild would help bolster the population of this endangered species.  more...

October 16, 2012

Dwarf Mongoose Pups

The Chicago Zoological Society is happy to announce the birth of a litter of Dwarf Mongoose puppies at Brookfield Zoo’s Habitat Africa: Kopje. The litter was born on September 13 to female “Tavi” and the dominant male in the group. This is Tavi’s first litter and the puppies are now out of the nest cavity and actively visible on exhibit. The family group includes the adult female Tavi, two adult males (Eugene and Gimbi) and three puppies.  more...

August 31, 2012

CZS Collaborates on Asian Carp Study

There is something new on the menu at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, and it is part of a national study to help track Asian carp. Cormorants and white pelicans at Brookfield Zoo are feasting on a tasty treat of Asian carp, an invasive species that threatens the Great Lakes...read more  more...

August 01, 2012

Orphaned Wombats at Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) is leading an initiative to help bring rescued, non-releasable southern hairy-nosed wombats from Australia to North America to ensure a sustainable population in zoos. On July 11, Brookfield Zoo welcomed two wombats that were orphaned in Australia. They will eventually go to Toronto Zoo in Canada and hopefully breed...read more  more...

June 26, 2012

JoJo Gorilla Arrives at Brookfield Zoo

JoJo, a 32-year-old male silverback gorilla from Lincoln Park Zoo, is now at Brookfield Zoo as part of a breeding program for the critically endangered western lowland gorilla species. JoJo’s transfer to Brookfield Zoo is based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP)...read more  more...

June 01, 2012

Bison Calf Born at Brookfield Zoo

A bison calf born on May 16, 2012 is on exhibit in the bison yard of Great Bear Wilderness. The female calf marks the first birth of this species at Brookfield Zoo since the early 1970s. The bison is the symbol of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, because it is one of the first North American conservation success stories...click to read more  more...

April 23, 2012

Black-footed Kitten Receives Extra Care

Hours after his birth on Feb. 14, 2012, Animal Programs staff became concerned about a male black-footed cat’s well-being because his 4-year-old mother, Cleo, appeared not to be providing proper maternal care. The kitten was not nursing and his body temperature was alarmingly low. Additionally, he was significantly underweight at birth. To ensure that he had a chance for survival, staff quickly decided to intervene...  more...

March 23, 2012

Opportunity for Science Students

Students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science enjoyed a unique "Shadow Opportunity" at Brookfield Zoo.This is the third annual Shadow Opportunity for juniors and seniors from CHSAS, who are selected to partner with a Brookfield Zoo crew member who is in a profession of interest to the student.  more...

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