Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

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 |

MTags Around the World

A little more than two years ago, we introduced an exciting new research project (DTAG blog link) that used DTAGs (DTAG link) to look at the health and welfare of our group of bottlenose dolphins here at Brookfield Zoo. The DTAG, short for “Digital Acoustic Recording Tag”, is a type of bio-logging device used to track and monitor the movement of whales and dolphins. They function much like a Fit-Bit© by recording the acceleration, orientation, and depth of the animal. In addition, they record information about the environment including temperature, sounds the animals make, and ambient sound in their environment.

posted 11/5/2018 12:15:49 PM |

Changes Coming to Mexican Wolf Pack at Brookfield Zoo

This past July, the Chicago Zoological Society hosted the bi-national planning meeting for the Mexican wolf population, which was attended by colleagues from the United States and Mexico. During the three-day meeting, representatives from various organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), identified breeding recommendations for the current population and potential wolves for future release to the wild.

posted 10/31/2018 2:53:29 PM |

Animal Welfare in Mixed Species Exhibits

Brookfield Zoo excels in the science of multiple species exhibits. Including mixed species has historically been the norm for aviaries and aquariums, and as we increase our knowledge of how best to support animals at the individual- and species- level in these exhibits, we improve their care, not only in aviaries and aquariums, but also for groups of many different species of mammal. Recall your most recent walk through Tropic World: as you enter the South America room, first you see several primate species, which are sympatric in the wild, meaning that they share the same natural habitat both in South America and at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 10/26/2018 12:52:11 PM |

Meet the Geoffroy's Marmoset

Brookfield Zoo is home to a pair of Geoffroy’s Marmosets who live together at Tropic World. Sebastian is a 6-year-old male and Ava is an 8-year-old female. Their favorite foods are grapes, bananas, and worms, which matches the wild diet of Geoffrey’s Marmosets - fruits, flowers, invertebrates, and small vertebrates like lizards, rodents and birds.

posted 10/24/2018 4:13:01 PM |

Pumpkins to the Animals

Several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo received pumpkins, recently. The orangutans, Nigerian dwarf goats, sloth bears, a Puerto Rican boa, and even Quilbert, the zoo’s 3-month-old prehensile-tailed porcupine seemed to enjoy the Halloween treats.

posted 10/17/2018 4:35:29 PM |

National Vet Tech Week 2018

National Veterinary Technician Week is here and we are celebrating our seven vet techs on the Brookfield Zoo hospital team!

posted 10/11/2018 4:30:01 PM |

World Okapi Day

World Okapi Day is Thursday, October 18th! Learn five new weird and wonderful facts about okapi and celebrate with us on Saturday, October 13th!

posted 10/10/2018 2:32:24 PM |

Texas Blind Salamander at Brookfield Zoo

On your next visit to Brookfield Zoo take a peek at one of the most unique-looking and smallest animals at the zoo—the Texas blind salamander. They can be seen in an aquarium in the Living Coast exhibit at the Rocky Shores habitat.

posted 9/6/2018 3:34:41 PM |

Conservation Flying Company LightHawk Helps Brookfield Zoo Relocate North American River Otter

On Monday July 9 Kate, a North American river otter born at Brookfield Zoo, received a first-class trip to Calgary Zoo thanks to the conservation flying company LightHawk. The nonprofit aims to accelerate conservation through flight. A huge thanks goes to Pilot Chuck Yanke, a LightHawk volunteer who generously donated his plane and time to fly Kate to Canada. Accompanying Yanke was Julie Tromblay, also a LightHawk volunteer who was the copilot.

posted 8/15/2018 12:47:59 PM |

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