Awards and Recognition (as of 12/2020)

Animal Care, Exhibitry, Education and Conservation Achievement Awards
  • 2020 – Humane Certified by the American Humane Association
  • 2020 – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Special Recognition Education Award for King Conservation Leadership Academy
  • 2019 – Zoo Camp Accreditation through 2024 by American Camp Association
  • 2019 – Accreditation for summer camp program by National Inclusion Project
  • 2018 – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Top Honors Education Award for NatureStart Professional Development Program
  • 2016 – AZA Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Top Honors for “A Zoo for All”
  • 2016 – AZA Significant Achievement Education Award for King Conservation Science Scholars
  • 2016 – AZA Top Honors for Exhibit Design, for Hamill Family Wild Encounters
  • 2016 – Humane Certified by the American Humane Association
  • 2015 – AZA Quarter Century Award recognizing Brookfield Zoo’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in animal care, welfare, management, veterinary care, conservation, education, staffing, facilities, safety, guest services, dedication to best modern zoological practices and philosophies, and more.
  • 2015 – AZA Top Honors in International Conservation for AZA Zoos Giving a Voice to the Sahara: Sahara Conservation Fund as a model for a zoo-driven conservation movement in collaboration with St. Louis Zoo and others
  • 2015 – AZA Significant Achievement Award in Volunteer Engagement
  • 2013 – AZA Angela Petersen Excellence in Diversity Award
  • 2013 – Camp Excellence Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Camp Association
  • 2012 – AZA Significant Achievement award for Excellence in Education for the “Centers for Science Excellence” program
  • 2012 – Certified Nature Explore Classroom (Hamill Family Play Zoo)
  • 2011 – AZA Award for Significant Achievement in Education for Nature Start: Early Childhood Nature Program
  • 2011 – AZA Award for Significant Achievement in Marketing for Go Eye to Eye at Great Bear Wilderness
  • 2010 – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) - North American Conservation Award for our Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
  • 2009 – Illinois Recycling Association Award
  • Illinois Association of Museums Platinum Anniversary Award
  • 2009 – AZA Education Award for the Levels of Engagement program
  • 2008 – AZA Edward H. Bean Award for the Goeldi’s monkey program
  • 2005 – AZA Education Significant Achievement Award for Every Student is a Scientist
  • 2003 – AZA Education Award for “To Save a Species: Managing a Captive Population Program
  • 2001 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for Betampona Ruffed Lemur release and conservation program
  • 2001 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for long-term propagation and management of the Okapi
  • 1999 – AZA Edward H. Bean Award for the long-term propagation of Tanagers
  • 1998 – The Munson Aquatic Conservation Exhibitry Award for “The Living Coast” exhibit
  • AZA Recognition Award for leadership and continued support of the AZA Population Management Center
  • 1997 – American Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) recognition of the Zoo Adventure Passport (ZAP) Program
  • AZA Zoo Biology Recognition Award
  • 1995 – Outstanding Recycling Award – Illinois Recycling Association
  • 1993 – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Certificate of Recognition in appreciation of outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources
  • 1989 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for propagation of Goeldi’s monkey
  • 1981 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for artificial insemination of Lowland Gorilla
  • 1997 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for “The Swamp: The Wonders of Our Wetlands” exhibit
  • 1994 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for “Habitat Africa: Phase 1” exhibit
  • 1987 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Reticulated Giraffe
  • 1987 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Grant’s Zebra
  • 1986 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Golden Lion Tamarin
  • 1985 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Siberian Ibex
  • 1984 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Wisent
  • 1982 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Goeldi’s Monkey
  • 1980 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Beisa Oryx
  • 1980 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Sitatunga
  • 1980 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Addax
  • 1980 – AZA Propagator’s Certificate in recognition of sustained captive breeding of Goeldi’s Monkey
  • 1979 – AZA Significant Achievement Award for its conservation program of Goeldi’s monkeys
  • 1975 – AZA Exhibit Achievement Award – “Saharan Predator” Exhibit
  • 1974 – AZA Edward H. Bean Award for the hatching of Hinge-back Tortoise
  • 1970 – AZA Edward H. Bean Award for the Green Crested Basilisk
  • 1966 – AZA Edward H. Bean Award for the most notable birth of Phillipine Tarsier
  • 1961 – AZA Citation for remarkable achievement for the birth of Dall sheep
  • 1959 – AZA Citation for remarkable achievement – 1st birth of Okapi in the New World
Community and Other Awards
  • 2018 – Large Institution of the Year, Illinois Association of Museums
  • 2018 – National Medal for Museum Services Finalist, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • 2011 – Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo recognized by Chicago Magazine as the Best of Chicago 2011 for Kids
  • 2011 – Recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the Best 80 Places in Chicago
  • 2009 – Community Partner of the Year from the Fuller Park Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • 2009 – Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award – Best Day Camp
  • 2007 – National Medal for Museum Service, presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services at the White House January, 2008
  • 2005 – Partner for Clean Air Appreciation Award
  • 1999 – American Heart Associate WALK Appreciation Award
  • 1999-2000 – HSHS Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Appreciation Award
  • 1997 – American Heart Association Recognition Award
  • LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE)– Essential Piece Appreciation recognition
  • Governor Jim Edgar recognition - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Visionary Leadership in Nurturing the Abilities of Young Researchers Through Support of Students and Their Mentors
Employer and Business Awards
  • 2019 – Patriotic Employer Award – Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • 2018 – Chicago United recognition for diversity and inclusion as a Five Forward 20/20 Committed Corporation
  • 2017 – Visionary Partner of the Year Award presented by the Mary Crane Center
  • 2015 – Illinois – Chicago Best of Wedding Venues presented by The Knot Magazine
  • 2015 – West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award
  • 2014 – ICED Non-profit Award presented by the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities for outstanding achievements in making Brookfield Zoo accessible
  • 2013 – AZA Top Honor Award for Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award
  • 2012 – AZA Top Honor Award for Excellence in Marketing for the “Real Fan Days” marketing campaign
  • 2012 – Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2012 – Diversity Spirit Achievement Award presented by The Diversity Recruiters Network and City Career Fair Productions
  • 2011 – LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) Award for the Good Works Program
  • 2009 – Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) Best of Business Award (zoological garden category)
  • Westside Ministers’ Coalition – Best Employer Award – 2009
  • 2009 – LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) Award
  • 2009 – Recycling Hero Award – Illinois Recycling Association
  • 2009 – Westside Jobs Collaborative and Business Human Resource Center Employer of the Year Oak Park and River Forest High School Work Experience Program 2008-2009 (for employment of people with disabilities)
  • 2008 – Illinois Department of Human Services – Distinguished Service Award (for employment of people with disabilities)
  • 2008 – Westside Ministers’ Coalition – Best Employer Award
  • 2008 – Westside Job Collaborative and Business and Human Resource Center – Employer of the Year
  • West Cook County Solid Waste Agency - Outstanding Business/Workplace Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
  • 2005 – LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) Award for Students Futures Now
  • 2005 – Aspire Community Partnership Award
  • 2004 – LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) award for Good Works Program
  • 2004 – Kentico Website of the Year Award
  • 2000-2003 – LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) Vocational Alliance Autism Project recognition
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