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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 |

Precision Tracking Technology for Dolphins at Brookfield Zoo

Wearable tracking and biologging devices are rapidly gaining popularity as an assessment tool in the field of animal welfare. From these animal-borne trackers, we can collect a wide range of behavioral and environmental data.

posted 7/5/2019 10:18:21 AM |

Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Joey Out and About at Brookfield Zoo

On your next visit to Brookfield Zoo’s Australia House you can now see one of the newest additions—a southern hairy-nosed wombat joey. The young marsupial, born on August 8, 2018, to 18-year-old Kambora, is out of her mom’s pouch exploring her surroundings.

posted 5/8/2019 10:56:27 AM |

Entangled Dolphin Rescued in Florida

For the second time in three weeks a young dolphin is swimming free of fishing line thanks to the efforts of a rescue team involving collaborating organizations from up and down Florida’s west coast.

posted 4/4/2019 2:09:02 PM |

Supporting Species Survival Plan® Programs from Behind-the-Scenes

Did you know that most Brookfield Zoo residents are also part of a larger community? Many species are tied to professionally managed populations spread across North American zoos called Species Survival Programs®.

posted 3/20/2019 9:33:37 AM |

Entangled Dolphin Rescued in Florida

A dolphin calf once entangled in fishing line and gear is swimming freely again with its mother after being rescued yesterday by a team of biologists, a commercial fisherman, veterinarians, and law enforcement personnel.

posted 3/13/2019 10:51:51 AM |

Ernesta Wolf Offspring Located

Brookfield Zoo is excited to share recent new from the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Ernesta (F1126), a Mexican gray wolf that resided at Brookfield Zoo from 2010-2012, her mate, and pups were introduced into the Mexican wolf recovery area in July 2014. Unfortunately, Ernesta was found deceased in the Gila wilderness recovery area in January 2015.

posted 3/7/2019 3:26:11 PM |

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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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