Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

Black rhino undergoes portable CT scan at Brookfield Zoo

Layla, a 7½ -year-old, 2,300-pound eastern black rhinoceros who lives at Brookfield Zoo, recently underwent what is believed to be the first CT (computed tomography) scan ever performed on this species. The scan was necessary to help veterinarians determine the next steps for treating an obstruction in Layla’s nasal passageway.

posted 4/24/2018 11:32:36 AM



Engaged Animals

At Brookfield Zoo, we are committed to providing the animals with the highest possible levels of care and welfare, and part of that care starts with our enrichment program. Environmental enrichment is providing animals under professional care with opportunities for them to engage in behaviors they are motivated to perform.

posted 4/17/2018 4:07:54 PM



Chicago Zoological Society Mourns Loss of Beloved Gorilla

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) is sad to announce the loss of Ramar, a 50-year-old western lowland gorilla today, April 12. A few weeks ago animal care staff reported that he was not eating. Veterinary staff performed a complete evaluation on Ramar, including a CT scan, ultrasound, and endoscopy. During the exam, it was revealed that Ramar had a partial blockage of his bowel and stomach with plant material from his normal diet. He was experiencing diminished bowel function, which is a common challenge in geriatric patients. Veterinary and animal care staff were able to help manage Ramar through this concern. However, during his recovery, Ramar’s overall comfort became a major consideration. Based on his quality of life, staff made the very difficult conclusion that euthanasia was the most humane decision for Ramar.

posted 4/12/2018 1:23:49 PM



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