Share the Care at Brookfield Zoo

Featured Creatures

Arnieta reticulated giraffe was born at Brookfield Zoo nearly 10 years ago (January 17, 2007) and is named after the zoo’s longest-serving volunteer. She has the darkest coat and is the most outgoing individual in our herd. Arnieta gets along with everyone, including her keepers, but you’ll see her most often hanging out with her best girlfriend, 11-year-old, Jasiri. Reticulated giraffes have long tongues, up to 22 inches, used to reach for and pull leaves from trees. They are native to northeast Kenya in Africa. ADOPT Arnieta giraffe today!

Adopt Arnieta Giraffe

Divot PenguinDivot Humboldt penguin was hatched at Brookfield Zoo on January 31, 2008. He was hand-reared by keepers after they noticed he wasn’t thriving in his parents’ care. He has grown to be a charismatic bird who enjoys interacting with people. He is easily recognized by the “divot” in the plumage on his back where the feathers do not grow properly. The Chicago Zoological Society has long been a leader in Humboldt penguin care, breeding, and conservation, as well as administering health assessment studies of this vulnerable species in their native Peru. You can visit Divot and his mate, Rosalita, at The Living Coast. Adopt Divot Penguin Today!

Adopt Divot Penguin

Sarani Snow Leopard at Brookfield ZooMalaya, our female snow leopard, was born at Brookfield Zoo on June 16, 2015. Snow leopards are found from Afghanistan to eastern Tibet, in high mountain areas, up to 16,000 feet, and at lower elevations in the winter. They walk on their toes and are quite agile with great leaping ability especially when they combine leaping with ricocheting off rocks. The Chicago Zoological Society participates in the Snow Leopard SSP which has made great strides in establishing a genetically and demographically stable population of the species in North American Zoos.

ADOPT Malaya Snow Leopard    

Mexican Gray WolvesOur Mexican Gray Wolf pack at Wolf Woods welcomed a litter of pups on April 25, 2016. The fast-growing pups are full of juvenile energy, and are quickly learning wolf behaviors from the excellent examples given by parents, Zana and Flint, and their older siblings born May 2015. The Mexican gray wolf is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of North American gray wolf. The Chicago Zoological Society is a partner (with U.S. Fish & Wildlife and other AZA-accredited zoos) in an ongoing program for the recovery of Mexican Gray wolves in North America.


Adoption Packages

Basic Package $35 (For all Featured Creatures)

  • 5”x 7” color photograph of selected animal in display frame
  • Personalized certificate of adoption
  • Species fact sheet
  • Share the Care Program decal
  • Invitation to the exclusive Share the Care Evening in summer 2017 (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.

Check out the full list of available animals

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Women's Board

Women's Board

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