Otterly Adorable Pups!

History was made recently at Brookfield Zoo, with the birth of twin North American otter pups. The pups, a male and a female, were born on February 23, making them the first successful births of this species in the zoo’s history. The pups are currently behind the scenes bonding with their mom and learning how to swim. They are scheduled to make their debut later this month.

posted 4/20/2017 10:12:38 AM | 0 comments

Punta San Juan Hero

Everyone knows that Disney is the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but few people know that Disney strives to make the Earth happy, too.  The Disney Conservation Fund helps support non-profit environmental organizations around the world, and they're honoring one of our scientists as a Conservation Hero.

posted 4/17/2017 11:36:05 AM | 0 comments

Weird Science

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Humans are weird.  They want to know about weird things.  

posted 4/14/2017 10:18:16 AM | 0 comments

Planting is for the Bees

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard that bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. The decline of bees has gotten so bad in 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services listed a bee as an endangered species. So, how can you help? It's easy, do some planting!

posted 4/10/2017 1:39:15 PM | 0 comments

Stronger Together

A big part of the lives of zoo animals includes interacting with the humans that take care of them. Human-animal interactions can be valuable tools that foster good welfare in zoo animals by allowing staff to monitor animal health and to provide animals with food, exercise, and stimulation. 

posted 4/10/2017 10:38:03 AM | 0 comments

The Lenten Special

I hear this time of year, many of you are skipping red and white meat and substituting it with fish. Eating fish is a great, low-fat way to get protein, along with other healthy nutrients for brain and body.  Let me help you pick out the best kinds.

posted 4/5/2017 3:58:33 PM | 0 comments

Chicago Conservation Leaders Join Urgent Rescue Mission

Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, along with Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo, are responding to the emergency rescue needs of the vaquita porpoise – the smallest and most endangered marine mammal – through their support of an ambitious action plan aimed at saving what scientists believe to be the only 30 remaining of the species in the world.

posted 4/5/2017 1:05:54 PM | 0 comments

Citizen Science

Monitoring the populations of species that call Punta San Juan home is necessary to check on the health of the marine-costal ecosystem.  One of the ways we monitor these species is by tagging individual animals our conservationists and veterinarians contact.  

posted 3/24/2017 4:43:23 PM | 0 comments

Beat the Bustle

Conquer the crowds! Thwart the throngs! Summer season is back at Brookfield Zoo! I also know what a damper on your day it can be when you encounter unexpected crowds.  So to help you prepare, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help you maneuver through the masses with peace of mind. 

posted 3/21/2017 10:53:30 AM | 0 comments

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises Oh, My!

Since March is Dolphin Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great idea to answer a question I get asked hundreds of times a year, “What is the difference between a dolphin, whale, and porpoise?” 

posted 3/17/2017 4:31:14 PM | 0 comments