Have a Backstage Adventure


If you have always dreamed of being an animal care specialist, now is your chance! Work side by side with our animal care staff as they care for the animals that call Brookfield Zoo home. Get started by choosing the animal or experience that you're most interested in. Try one or try them all!

Giraffe Feeding

Stop by Habitat Africa: The Savannah along the 31st Street Walkway and deliver up some delicious greens that our resident giraffes will take right from your hand. No reservation required! 

Penguin Encounter

Get up close with Brookfield Zoo's resident Humboldt penguins. Interact with our ambassador penguins while learning about their behavior, fun facts, and details of our conservation work in Peru.

Poolside Penguin Feeding

Enter the Rocky Shores habitat located in The Living Coast and help the animal care staff feed the penguins! There's no better way to interact with our resident Humboldt penguins and be a part of their daily routine.


Each Backstage Adventure has its own rules and requirements. Please note any specific requests or reminders related to your selection. If you have any questions, please e-mail backstageadventures@czs.org

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Have a Penguin Encounter!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of unique courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.