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Sloth Bears & Ending the 'Dancing Bear' Tradition

Brian Czarnik, Senior Keeper Large Carnivores for Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo, recently led a group of seven animal care professionals from all over the United States on a ten-day trip to India. The main focus was visiting both Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks and learning more about local "Dancing Bear" traditions that are now illegal there.

posted 11/13/2019 3:34:27 PM |

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work for Polar Bear Conservation

Polar Bear Week is all about recognizing the intertwined fates of sea ice and polar bears. Here at the Chicago Zoological Society, we think it is also a great time to highlight some of the latest news on polar bear research and conservation.

posted 11/5/2019 3:43:38 PM |

Brookfield Zoo is Open Every Day – It’s Tradition!

Brookfield Zoo is open to the public 365 days a year. Our typical operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sometimes we are open longer. We are never open shorter. And that's a tradition that goes all the way back to before the zoo even opened in 1934.

posted 10/22/2019 12:43:32 PM |

Celebrate Wolf Awareness Week 2019 at Brookfield Zoo

Every October Brookfield Zoo joins with zoos and wolf centers across the country in celebrating Wolf Awareness Week, a week focused on sharing why wolves are such an important part of the landscape in the United States. This year, Wolf Awareness Week takes place from October 20th-26th.

posted 10/20/2019 9:59:32 AM |

Brookfield Zoo Salutes Vet Techs During National Veterinary Technician Week

Certified Veterinary technicians (CVT’s) are essential and critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, takes place in the third week of October each year, and provides an opportunity to recognize the many contributions made by veterinary technicians.

posted 10/16/2019 8:30:00 AM |

Celebrate World Okapi Day 2019 at Brookfield Zoo

If you've ever seen an okapi, you know they're a very special animal. However, their existance remains threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal gold mining, and bushmeat poaching, despite having protected status since 1933. One way you can help okapi is by cutting down on coltan, a mineral used in electronic devices, and Brookfield Zoo has a way for you to do that.

posted 10/14/2019 10:44:02 AM |

How Old Is Brookfield Zoo?

When answering the question of Brookfield Zoo’s age, one may be inclined to look at the zoo’s opening date of July I, 1934. But it all depends on how you look at it. Is Brookfield Zoo 85 years old or is it more accurate to say Brookfield Zoo has been open to the public for 85 years?

posted 10/2/2019 3:14:50 PM |

Orphaned California Sea Lions Have a Forever Home at Brookfield Zoo

In 2018, two California sea lions were found stranded in different spots along the Pacific Coast. That started both of these orphans on a journey that has led to their recent arrival at Brookfield Zoo where they've finally found a forever home. Carolyn and Sabiena are expected to make their debut to zoo guests at Pinniped Point in mid-October.

posted 9/24/2019 3:54:59 PM |

Expanding Chicago Zoological Society's Welfare Monitoring Toolkit

Chicago Zoological Society's Animal Welfare Research Team's main goals is to identify new methods for continuously improving the welfare of individual animals. That's why they're focused on tracking physiological biomarkers, such as the glucocorticoid:DHEA ratio, to provide insight into an animal’s physical, mental and emotional health. Our Endocrinology Lab has already tracked glucocorticoid metabolites for over 50 species.

posted 9/23/2019 11:39:04 AM |

Hamill Family Nature Plaza Offers Relaxation, Discovery, & Sustainability

Access to outdoor spaces, parks, and greenspaces can be a challenge for many Americans, especially those living in urban areas. That's a major reason why the Chicago Zoological Society has spent the last few years investing in a new learning, fun, and exploration space at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 9/20/2019 12:49:43 PM |

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