Brookfield Zoo Salutes Vet Techs During National Veterinary Technician Week

Certified Veterinary technicians (CVT’s) are essential and critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, takes place in the third week of October each year, and provides an opportunity to recognize the many contributions made by veterinary technicians.

posted 10/16/2019 8:30:00 AM |

Celebrate World Okapi Day 2019 at Brookfield Zoo

If you've ever seen an okapi, you know they're a very special animal. However, their existance remains threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal gold mining, and bushmeat poaching, despite having protected status since 1933. One way you can help okapi is by cutting down on coltan, a mineral used in electronic devices, and Brookfield Zoo has a way for you to do that.

posted 10/14/2019 10:44:02 AM |

How Old Is Brookfield Zoo?

When answering the question of Brookfield Zoo’s age, one may be inclined to look at the zoo’s opening date of July I, 1934. But it all depends on how you look at it. Is Brookfield Zoo 85 years old or is it more accurate to say Brookfield Zoo has been open to the public for 85 years?

posted 10/2/2019 3:14:50 PM |

Orphaned California Sea Lions Have a Forever Home at Brookfield Zoo

In 2018, two California sea lions were found stranded in different spots along the Pacific Coast. That started both of these orphans on a journey that has led to their recent arrival at Brookfield Zoo where they've finally found a forever home. Carolyn and Sabiena are expected to make their debut to zoo guests at Pinniped Point in mid-October.

posted 9/24/2019 3:54:59 PM |

Expanding Chicago Zoological Society's Welfare Monitoring Toolkit

Chicago Zoological Society's Animal Welfare Research Team's main goals is to identify new methods for continuously improving the welfare of individual animals. That's why they're focused on tracking physiological biomarkers, such as the glucocorticoid:DHEA ratio, to provide insight into an animal’s physical, mental and emotional health. Our Endocrinology Lab has already tracked glucocorticoid metabolites for over 50 species.

posted 9/23/2019 11:39:04 AM |

Hamill Family Nature Plaza Offers Relaxation, Discovery, & Sustainability

Access to outdoor spaces, parks, and greenspaces can be a challenge for many Americans, especially those living in urban areas. That's a major reason why the Chicago Zoological Society has spent the last few years investing in a new learning, fun, and exploration space at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 9/20/2019 12:49:43 PM |

10 Ways to Enjoy Brookfield Zoo When it Rains

The sun is shining. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. The weather is warm (but not too hot). It certainly sounds like the perfect day to go to Brookfield Zoo. But did you know how much fun you can have at the zoo even when it's raining? Here are some (but not all) of the ways you can enjoy a day at Brookfield Zoo even in bad weather.

posted 9/3/2019 10:24:50 AM |

Behavioral Monitoring of the Endangered White-Bellied Pangolin

When people think of illegally trafficked animals, most do not think or have never heard of the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin. Over the last several months, animal care staff and the animal welfare research staff have taken additional steps to learn more about the behavior of the pangolins in our care at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 8/5/2019 2:36:31 PM |

Have You Met Charger the California Sea Lion Pup?

On June 10, nine-year-old California sea lion Josephine ("Josie" to her friends) gave birth to a male pup named Charger. After giving them some time to bond behind the scenes, both mom and pup can be seen swimming and playing at Pinniped Point in Brookfield Zoo.

posted 7/16/2019 4:13:59 PM |

Celebrate World Snake Day With Brookfield Zoo

Tuesday, July 16 is World Snake Day! Join us at Brookfield Zoo in celebrating these reptiles with a series of chats, interactive displays, and chances to meet our many snakes, some of which are endangered, up close. 

posted 7/15/2019 9:27:39 AM |

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CZS & Brookfield Zoo

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Learn more about the animals, people, and research that make up CZS here at our blog.


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