Awards and Recognition

Employer and Business Awards
  • 2016 AZA Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award Top Honors
  • 2015 American Zoo and Aquarium Association Significant Achievement Award in Volunteer Engagement
  • 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
  • 2009 Kentico Website of the Year Award
  • 2000-2003 LaGrange Area District Special Education (LADSE) Vocational Alliance Autism Project recognition
Animal Care, Exhibitry, Education and Conservation Achievement Awards
  • 2016 AZA Significant Achievement Education Award
  • Top Honors for Innovation - AZA 2016 Award for Exhibit Design
  • 2016 Humane Certified by the American Humane Association
  • 2015 American Zoo and Aquariums (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
  • 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
  • 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 for 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

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