Blog: Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare

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 |

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 |

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