Beyond the Beach

Some of the most important work we do for the animals and environment of the Punta San Juan reserve may not be seen by visitors and volunteers, but it is essential to protecting the habitat and its inhabitants. 

posted 6/26/2017 11:56:15 AM | 0 comments

Why do Chicagoans Need an Ocean

Not a whole lot of people in Chicagoland think about the ocean, unless they are planning to visit it on vacation. Up here, we’re all about the freshwater – Lake Michigan to be specific. But we freshwater folk should be thinking about the ocean more often, and not just because it’s World Oceans Month!

posted 6/19/2017 4:31:38 PM | 0 comments

Summer Loving

School’s out, zoo camp is in, and the summer fun is just beginning. The summer is one of the best times to visit Brookfield Zoo because that is when we pull out all the stops and celebrate animals and nature to their fullest! 

posted 6/14/2017 11:31:37 AM | 0 comments

Giraffe Project Update

Catherine and her team have been working with the giraffes and a special device called a "Giraffe FitBit" to compare a giraffe's activity with their welfare. With a whole year of data under their belt, Catherine is ready to give us an update.  

posted 6/6/2017 3:18:44 PM | 0 comments

Dad-Game on Point!

Not all animal fathers partake in parental care.  But some animal dads are rock stars when it comes to nurturing offspring to adulthood.  Here are some dynamite dads can you visit this Father’s Day right here at Brookfield Zoo!

posted 6/6/2017 11:13:49 AM | 0 comments

Tracking the Future of Punta San Juan

Monitoring Punta San Juan’s sea lion population is just one of the ways we track the health of the local ecosystem.  Each year we collect data to monitor size, weight, and general health of the animals. 

posted 5/23/2017 12:51:39 PM | 0 comments

Sustainable Seafood Means Survivable Sea Life

When it comes to wild-caught seafood, sustainable means that the fishing practices used to catch fish don’t hurt the long-term survival of the species as a whole. Those practices also minimize harm to the ecosystem as a whole.  That means fewer other marine animals are harmed during the fishing process. It also it leaves enough fish in the sea for other animals and for the future.

posted 5/22/2017 3:02:58 PM | 0 comments

World Class Training Opportunities in Zoological Medicine

Over the past 20 years Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo (CZS) has provided training opportunities for more than 220 veterinary students in the field of Zoological and Aquatic Animal Medicine. These students spend 6-8 week externships working side by side with our outstanding veterinary team helping care for the zoo’s animals collection comprised of over 250 different species.

posted 5/22/2017 2:47:41 PM | 0 comments

What's the Big Difference?

It’s May in Chicago so, we have already witnessed three different seasons this month. It has been cold enough to feel like winter, rainy enough to be spring, and hot enough for me to research when summer will actually begin. 

posted 5/15/2017 4:03:30 PM | 0 comments

Dolphin Update: Maxine

And last but not least, for our young dolphin updates: it’s the youngest of the dolphin calves…Maxine! She is coming up on 2 ½ years old already; she was born to Allie on Dec 16, 2014. She has grown to about six feet in length, weighs close to 250 pounds, and is still recognizable as the smallest of the dolphin group.

posted 5/12/2017 4:26:42 PM | 0 comments