November 17, 2009

2009 Photo Contest Winners Announced

More than 350 photos featuring polar bears, tigers, butterflies, lizards, and many other creatures of the animal kingdom were submitted for the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2009 Photo Contest. A panel of professional photographers had the tough assignment of selecting a grand prize winner, as well as first-, second-, and third-place winners in the adult and child categories. The winning photos are on display in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center lobby through mid December 2009.  more...

November 10, 2009

Orangutan Awareness Weekend

participate in Brookfield Zoo’s International Orangutan Awareness Weekend on November 14-15 in Tropic World Asia exhibit. During the event, Kekasih (KAY-kuh-see), the orangutan infant who celebrated her first birthday on October 6, 2009, will be highlighted during the festivities with her family: mom Sophia, 28; father Ben, 31; and brother Denda, 7.  more...

October 14, 2009

In-Field Ambassador for Polar Bears

Brookfield Zoo bear keeper Christy Mazrimas-Ott returns to Churchill, Manitoba as an In-Field Ambassador aboard the Tundra Buggies--where she discusses polar bear natural history as well as conservation and research efforts for polar bears. Read her regular dispatches and view images from the Tundra Buggy!  more...

October 12, 2009

Eden Place Pumpkin Festival

South Side youth and families to connect with nature and wildlife at annual Eden Place Pumpkin Festival on October 17. The event is presented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, and Chicago Zoological Society.  more...

October 02, 2009

Remembering Carver: Oldest Wombat on Record

Carver, the oldest southern hairy-nosed wombat on record, died yesterday (Oct. 1, 2009) at 34 years of age. Carver, a charismatic marsupial and significant wildlife ambassador for his counterparts in the wild, sired nine offspring at Brookfield Zoo.  more...

October 01, 2009

Cookie Cockatoo "Retires"

Cookie, a 76-year-old Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, has become one of Brookfield Zoo's most famous animals and he’s the only remaining member of the original animal collection from 1934. Now a senior citizen, Cookie has taken up permanent residence in the keepers’ office at Perching Bird House, allowing him to retire in familiar and comfortable off-exhibit accommodations.  more...

September 26, 2009

2009 Education Award to CZS

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Chicago Zoological Society has received its 2009 Education Award for its Levels of Engagement program.  more...

September 10, 2009

Bear Awareness Weekend

Bear AThe Chicago Bears are not the only members of the Ursidae family getting attention this weekend. Brookfield Zoo celebrates Bear Awareness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, with a series of special-themed activities highlighting the zoo’s three species of bears—grizzly bear, polar bear, and sloth bear—from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.wareness Weekend  more...

September 02, 2009

Museum Adventure Pass Launches

Macy’s and Suburban Chicago Libraries kicked off the Museum Adventure Pass program at Brookfield Zoo on Sept. 1, 2009. The program offers free admission to 17 Suburban Museums and Cultural Organizations.  more...

August 31, 2009

Dolphins Relocate to Minnesota

After a safe transport on Aug. 30, 2009, the dolphins began a temporary stay at Minnesota Zoo while their Brookfield home—Seven Seas dolphin arena—undergoes extensive renovations and upgrades before their return next spring.  more...

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