Blog: Carlita the Croc

Nature Does It Best

Chicago got a lotta rain this week. I’m sure many of you were gnawing your fingernails as you watched the storms pass through, hoping your basements would stay dry. Unfortunately, this is probably our new normal. As Chicagoans adjust to record-setting precipitation year after year you had best be prepared to do something more than build big tunnels.

posted 5/23/2018 3:55:46 PM |

Is it endangered?

“Is it endangered?” This is a common question I hear from guests visiting Brookfield Zoo. When the question is asked in reference to me, the answer is no – I am critically endangered.

posted 5/8/2018 4:19:41 PM |

Of Crocodiles and Conservation

Hello friends, happy Earth Day! There are a lot of ways we can take care of the Earth, and you know I’m passionate about three of them: fighting climate change, protecting water and the ocean, and making seafood sustainable. I’ve posted many a’blog on these topics. But you may be wondering what they have to do with each other, and with a crocodile? Well, let me explain…

posted 4/22/2018 12:39:35 PM |

National Zoo Lover's Day

Have you seen this man? His name is Tom and he is at Brookfield Zoo A LOT. It’s National Zoo Lover’s Day, so today I salute Tom Jacobsen – a true Brookfield Zoo Lover. You can find Tom at the zoo two to three days a week every week. He goes to almost all the Dolphins in Action presentations on those days. Between shows he meanders around the park, except when he has errands to run.

posted 4/7/2018 11:54:36 AM |

The Hardest Working Nutritionist in Town

I have my own nutritionist. Well, ok…I guess I share her with all the other animals at the zoo, but still, I have my own nutritionist. Why am I telling you this? Because March 14 is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and even I, as a crocodile, benefit from having a nutritionist. So today, I want to give a shout out to Dr. Jennifer Watts, Director of Nutrition at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 3/12/2018 11:58:35 AM |

Souvenirs for a Cause at Brookfield Zoo

Souvenirs: Who doesn’t love that little memento to commemorate a special day, visit, or occasion? Some souvenirs are iconic – think Mold-A-Rama, mouse ears, or the ever-popular shot glass. Some souvenirs do more than represent a memory of a good time. Some souvenirs, like many at Brookfield Zoo, can make the world a better place.

posted 3/6/2018 11:32:02 AM |

Happy World Wetlands Day!

Happy World Wetlands Day! My buddy Frank Lee Egret talked to you about the importance of wetlands back in 2016. This past September I explained how wetlands are like the kidneys of water systems–keeping things clean. Today, in honor of World Wetlands Day, I want to recognize some of the animals around the world we wouldn’t have without wetlands. 

posted 2/2/2018 2:42:15 PM |

Simplistic Snake Safety from a Snake

Is 2018 your year to get right with snakes? Carilta the Croc's neighbor, the reticulated python, has some tips to help
put you at ease! “Hello everyone. Sssss. I mean sshhh. This is the reticulated python coming to you live from Brookfield
Zoo. Gather round and listen.

posted 1/9/2018 11:33:20 AM |

Meet Chef Robert: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Meet Chef Robert. He's the Executive Chef and founder of the catered foods department at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Zoo staff refer to him simply as “Chef.”  If you’ve been to a wedding, brunch, or other banquet at Brookfield Zoo, then you’ve eaten from Chef Robert’s menu.

posted 12/15/2017 4:36:33 PM |

Improper Disposal of Medications Can Harm the Environment

Did you know you can drop off unwanted medication at designated locations for disposal in many places all around Cook County, Illinois? Why do this instead of just throwing them in the trash or down the toilet? The answer has a lot to do with something near and dear to my crocodilian heart: water quality. Nourhan, an education intern at Brookfield Zoo (and bona fide smarty-pants), explains…

posted 12/4/2017 3:59:38 PM |

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Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.


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