November 04, 2013

Mary Ann MacLean Conservation Leadership Center

Brookfield Zoo's former Reptile House has received a major facelift to bring it into the 21st century. The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages the zoo, has restored and updated the existing building to save its historic architecture, despite this move being costlier than razing the structure.  more...

October 29, 2013

Animals at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy a Halloween Treat

Animals at Brookfield Zoo were treated to some Halloween treats—pumpkins.  more...

October 17, 2013

Dolphin Birth at Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is happy to announce the birth of a male dolphin calf born on Wednesday, October 16. The calf, born to Tapeko, 31, is approximately 40 pounds and 3.5 feet long. Please note that Brookfield Zoo's Dolphin Presentations have been temporarily canceled to allow Tapeko and her calf time to bond and get acquainted with the other dolphins in the group. Although the calf and his mom are currently off exhibit, the Seven Seas underwater viewing gallery will remain open.  more...

September 27, 2013

Conservation Leadership Awards 2013 Recipients

Recognized for their significant impact on conservation efforts locally and around the globe, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, honored three recipients with its 2013 Conservation Leadership Awards. The awards were presented to the Getz Family, Walgreen Co. and Randall Wells, Ph.D., of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program.  more...

September 18, 2013

Snow Leopard Cub Makes His Debut at Brookfield Zoo

A 3-month-old snow leopard cub born at Brookfield Zoo on June 13 made his public debut for zoo guests today. The cub, who now weighs nearly 15 pounds, can be seen on exhibit with his 3-year-old mom, Sarani.  more...

September 17, 2013

CZS Honored with Diversity Award

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) received Top Honors for the 2013 Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) at its national conference, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri, last week. The Top Honors were awarded to the Society for its significant efforts and results in cultivating conservation communities with its suppliers, workforce, and guest diversity initiatives.  more...

September 12, 2013

Addax Population Nearly Doubles at Brookfield Zoo with Four Births this Summer

Over the past three months the addax population has nearly doubled at Brookfield Zoo with the birth of four male calves.  more...

August 29, 2013

Randall Wells, Ph.D., Nominated for Prestigious Indianapolis Prize

The Chicago Zoological Society is proud to announce that Randall Wells, Ph.D., senior conservation scientist for the Society and director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, based in Florida’s Mote Marine Laboratory, has been nominated for the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for conservation. The Indianapolis Prize is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts for animal species.  more...

August 27, 2013

Snow Leopard Cub Born at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male snow leopard cub on June 13. The 10-pound cub is the first cub born to 3-year-old Sarani and her mate Sabu. Currently residing in an off-exhibit den with his mom, he will remain there before making his public debut in mid-September. A leading snow leopard conservation organization, The Snow Leopard Trust, estimates population numbers of this elusive cat to be between 3,500 and 7,000 remaining in the wild.  more...

July 24, 2013

Blanding's Turtle Breeding and Release Program

Blanding’s turtles are endangered in Illinois and threatened nationwide, but the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, is leading an initiative to increase the local wild population. The breeding and release program includes a new outdoor Blanding’s turtle habitat at the zoo’s Dragonfly Marsh exhibit.  more...

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