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The Link Between Animal Welfare and Conservation

Aside from the fact that each and every animal deserves the opportunity to thrive, it is crucial to remember many of Brookfield Zoo’s residents represent threatened and endangered species. Our job as welfare scientists is to promote the conservation of these species by ensuring that individual animals experience the best possible quality of life.

posted 1/27/2021 10:59:13 AM |

Animal Welfare: What Is It?

Animal welfare… we write about it a lot on the CZS Insights blog and there is an entire department at Brookfield Zoo named for it. But what is it and how do we study it? To achieve good welfare in a zoo or aquarium environment an animal must be provided with the appropriate food, water, shelter, and medical care along with environmental enrichment that improves the habitat beyond basic behavioral and cognitive needs.

posted 12/15/2020 10:21:04 AM |

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Orangutan Caring Week: How You Can Help

Welcome to Orangutan Caring Week, a week-long celebration of these orange apes and the ways we can inspire action to support them. Each species of orangutans is either endangered or cricitially endangered due to deforestation, habitat loss, and hunting. By taking action yourself and inspiring change in others, we can help to slow this process and ensure that these highly intelligent creatures have a place to call home.

posted 11/9/2020 10:37:37 AM |

Polar Bear Participation in Voluntary Blood Collection at Brookfield Zoo

One of the best parts of being an animal care specialist is having positive, trusting relationships with the animals we work with. Here at Great Bear Wilderness, we developed an important behavior, voluntary blood collection, with our male polar bear, Hudson. This behavior allows animal care specialists and veterinary staff to closely monitor his health.

posted 11/1/2020 9:53:31 PM |

When Will the Indoor Buildings Reopen at Brookfield Zoo?

Since the beginning of the pandemic and our temporary closure between March 19 – July 8, mandated by the state, everyone here at the Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo has been energized and inspired by the support we’ve received from our members, donors, guests, and community. We understand when many of our guests and members ask “When will the indoor buildings reopen?”

posted 11/1/2020 8:35:16 PM |

Experiences Gained in the Animal Welfare Research Department at Brookfield Zoo

As a research assistant for the Animal Welfare Research Department at Brookfield Zoo, Behavioral Research Assistant Jocelyn Woods has learned a lot about the scientific process and research methodologies. Jocelyn has been accepted into a Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and wanted to share the experiences she will take with her from Brookfield Zoo.

posted 10/26/2020 3:20:27 PM |

Cross-Fostering in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program

Happy Wolf Awareness Week! Every October, Brookfield Zoo and other zoos and wolf centers around the country take time to celebrate wolves and share why they are an important and essential part of ecosystems in the United States and around the globe. This year, Wolf Awareness Week takes place from October 18th-24th.

posted 10/19/2020 12:25:08 PM |

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates National Vet Tech Week 2020

The week of October 11-17, 2020, is National Vet Tech Week, an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians' contributions to the profession, here at Brookfield Zoo and around the world. The Chicago Zoological Society Veterinary Services department has a world-renowned veterinary education program, which instructs dozens of veterinary and veterinary technician students from schools around the U.S. every year.

posted 10/12/2020 12:12:53 PM |

The Animal Welfare Research Team: Virtually Busier than Ever

Although 2020 has been difficult for Brookfield Zoo’s residents, visitors, and employees, our Animal Welfare Research team has worked as hard as ever to enhance the daily lives of individual animals. Unlike our zookeepers, curators, and veterinary staff, our team has worked remotely on projects that benefit the zoo community (and beyond).

posted 9/30/2020 1:43:50 PM |

Spend Cat Awareness Weekend With Brookfield Zoo

Are you a big fan of Brutus and Titus, our African lion brothers? Are you excited to meet Ahava the snow leopard cub or Sasha the Amur leopard cub? Wonder what Whirl the Amur tiger is up to? The weekend of September 26 and 27 is purr-fect for you because it's Cat Awareness Weekend at Brookfield Zoo! ‚ÄčAll weekend long we're celebrating the big cats that call Brookfield home. 

posted 9/22/2020 11:26:16 AM |

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