Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

Baby Wombat Emerges From Pouch

There are only nine southern hairy-nosed wombats in five North American institutions, including at Brookfield Zoo. Now, guests can venture over to the zoo’s Australia House to see the latest addition. A wombat joey (a marsupial baby), born on February 4, 2017, is out and about exploring her surroundings along with her mom, 17-year-old Kambora.

posted 10/24/2017 5:12:32 PM



Veterinary Technician Week

Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, takes place in the third week of October each year, and provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions.

posted 10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM



Hand Rearing Humboldt Penguins

While it is always best for our animals to raise their own young, at times it is necessary for keeper staff to step in and take care of baby animals. We call this “hand-rearing”.  Here is how a Humboldt penguin chick is hand-reared at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM



Painted Dogs: Day in the Life

This is Ola, Chewbacca, Lulu, and Voltron; together they make up Brookfield Zoo’s African painted dog pack. Let’s look into a #dayinthelife of these highly social, sub-Saharan canids.

posted 10/3/2017 2:51:04 PM



Extraordinary Care: Meet Dr. Marina Ivančić

Join us this week for part two of our Q&A With Caregivers series. Today we meet Dr. Marina Ivančić, the world's first and only zoo-based veterinary radiologist. 

posted 10/2/2017 8:00:00 AM



Extraordinary Care: Meet Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer

Join us as we get to know about two experts who provide exceptional welfare in this two part blog series. This week is Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer,  who, in addition to her doctor of veterinary medicine degree, has also earned a Ph.D. in animal sciences and is a specialized expert in reproductive sciences. 

posted 10/1/2017 8:00:00 AM



Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

Read the latest exciting stories about how our experts are advancing the science of “animal-directed” care through innovative programs at Brookfield Zoo and global field efforts.

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