Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

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 |

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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. The young male dolphin was seen over the past few weeks in Lemon Bay, near Englewood, Florida, with fishing line and gear wrapped around its body and tail as well as through its mouth.

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

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Ernesta Wolf Offspring Located

Brookfield Zoo is excited to share some 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 of 2015. Without an alpha female present, the fate of Ernesta’s pack was unknown. Some pack members did not survive and others could not be located. Then this December, a trapper accidentally caught a male wolf in his trap...

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

What Enrichment Do Big Cats Prefer?

Enrichment is provided to our animals to encourage them to engage in species-typical behaviors, keep them physically active, and cognitively stimulated. Can we figure out which items animals prefer?

posted 3/1/2019 10:41:39 AM |

CPS Students Take Part in Annual Science Fair at Brookfield Zoo

More than 160 students from 16 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) had the opportunity to showcase their engineering and science-based projects as a part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s annual science fair at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 2/8/2019 12:17:24 PM |

Optimizing Dolphin Health with ZooMorphTrak

A new app developed at Brookfield Zoo can be used to estimate dolphin weights so that zoos, aquariums, and rehabilitation centers can continue to provide custom, optimized diets for each of their animals. These diets are continually monitored and revised for each dolphin based on their weight, age, growth rate, body condition, reproductive needs, and the season.

posted 2/1/2019 10:43:52 AM |

Establishing a New Endangered Mexican Wolf Pack

With the start of a new year comes a new breeding wolf pair at Brookfield Zoo. Last month, a 7-year-old male Mexican wolf, named Apache, arrived from Albuquerque Bio Park in New Mexico. Animal care staff is hopeful that he and 2-year-old Ela will have a successful breeding season this winter and produce a litter of puppies this spring. Coincidentally, Ela’s name means earth in the Apache Native American language.

posted 1/15/2019 2:42:41 PM |

Protecting Pangolins

The Chicago Zoological Society is leading the charge in efforts to save the world's most poached animal.

posted 12/5/2018 11:58:41 AM |

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