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Featured Creatures

Ali (pronounced “Allie”) Western Lowland Gorilla was born June 1, 2018, to 23-year-old Koola. Ali will stay within arm’s reach of her mother for several months, but gradually, she will interact more and more with the other gorillas in her family group, demonstrating many playful and juvenile behaviors. In addition to Koola, Ali lives with her father (JoJo), grandmother (Binti Jua), sister (Nora), half-sister (Kamba), and nephew (Zachary).

Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a small dairy breed that originated from Africa. At Wild Encounters, we have 20 goats, both male and female, ranging from 3 to 4 years of age. The goats are fed a diet of timothy hay, alfalfa hay, and grain. They enjoy being brushed and fed by zoo guests and getting daily attention from keepers. Each goat has its own personality, so be sure to stop by Wild Encounters to visit them during your next zoo visit!
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Kirby Police Canine is a Labrador retriever who arrived at Brookfield Zoo in 2012. Kirby and her handler greet guests regularly and show off her Frisbee catch and tennis ball retrieval skills. On your next zoo visit, you might see Kirby greeting guests, being an ambassador—a job she does so well!

Charlie Police Canine is a Labrador retriever who was born in the Netherlands. He started his “career” with Brookfield Zoo’s Police Department in 2015; his primary duty is firearms detection. Charlie has been called upon to assist many local agencies on cases involving firearms.
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Hudson Polar Bear: Some of us enjoy ham and eggnog for the holidays. Others like to feast on shank bones and fish. Hudson Polar bear falls into the latter category. The 10-year-old Brookfield Zoo native also enjoys peanut butter, watermelon, bone marrow, and other treats his care specialists hide around his habitat at Great Bear Wilderness. But tracking down treats is not all he does: his full schedule also includes swimming in the exhibit’s various habitats and, during the summer, leaping on and breaking ice blocks, which is a natural behavior for polar bears.
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Adopt Raisin the two-toed slothRaisin Hoffman’s two-toed sloth: “Free spirit.” That’s how the animal care specialists in Tropic World like to describe Raisin, a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth. She’s not a Tropic World original: she arrived from Zoo Atlanta in October 2016. But she has definitely made the South America habitat her own. Once at Brookfield Zoo, she quickly—at least as quickly as sloths do anything—became adept at crossing over the public walkway on the “vine highway.” On the other side, she explores planters or kicks back for an afternoon nap in a specially designed hammock. Now that’s the life!
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Adoption Packages

FRIEND giving level $35 (For all Featured Creatures)

  • 5”x 7” color photograph of selected animal in display frame
  • Personalized certificate of adoption
  • Species fact sheet
  • Animal Adoption program decal
  • Invitation to the exclusive 2019 Animal Adoption summer event (ticket purchase required)

All Featured Creatures have a package option that includes a plush animal.  Click on your favorite animal to view all available options.

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