What is a Pangolin?

What is a pangolin? The first time most people hear the name, they mistakenly assume you said “penguin”.  When corrected, most then just shake their head or say they have no idea what a pangolin is. This odd-looking creature completely covered in scales may not be well known but unfortunately, they have the distinction of being the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal. And now, people are starting to take notice.

posted 2/15/2018 11:30:26 AM |



Orangutan Undergoes Successful Appendectomy at Brookfield Zoo

Ben, a 40-year-old male orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, is making a full recovery after an emergency appendectomy on January 23, 2018. The team who performed the surgery included 10 members of the Chicago Zoological Society’s (CZS) veterinary staff as well as medical personnel from AMITA Health Hinsdale and La Grange, including Drs. Eric Yang and William Frymark, general surgeons who have performed this procedure on many of their human patients. Because the anatomy is similar between nonhuman primates and humans, teaming zoo veterinarians with doctors who treat people is fairly routine when it comes to more complicated cases, and even occasionally in other species with specific medical concerns.

posted 2/13/2018 12:01:37 PM |



Mexican Wolves at Brookfield Zoo Undergo Reproductive Procedures

Learn how the Chicago Zoological Society worked alongside a team assembled by the Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences Department from Saint Louis Zoo to further advance the science of artificial reproduction to help save the endangered Mexican wolf.

posted 2/8/2018 10:45:26 AM |



Happy World Wetlands Day!

Happy World Wetlands Day! My buddy Frank Lee Egret talked to you about the importance of wetlands back in 2016. This past September I explained how wetlands are like the kidneys of water systems–keeping things clean. Today, in honor of World Wetlands Day, I want to recognize some of the animals around the world we wouldn’t have without wetlands. 

posted 2/2/2018 2:42:15 PM |



Maxine Dolphin: Playing to Learn

Meet Tapeko and Maxine, the unlikely bottlenose dolphin duo that are solving problems together. Tapeko is a spry 36 year old female and is the matriarch of our pod here at Brookfield Zoo. Maxine is a vivacious 3 year old and the youngest member of the group. Together, they are solving a dolphin version of a vending machine.

posted 1/30/2018 2:39:26 PM |



Ramar Gorilla Turns 50 Years Old

Ramar Gorillareached a milestone birthday of 50 years old this month! Brookfield Zoo animal care staff presented him with a frozen cake filled with bananas, apples, pineapples, and raisins and topped with a yogurt frosting and frozen blueberries. He also was given one of his favorites—banana leaves! #wildlysurprising

posted 1/19/2018 12:36:18 PM |



Chicago Zoological Society Takes Lead on Multi-Institutional Cetacean Study

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, is taking the lead in the largest-ever, multi-institutional study of how physical habitat, environmental enrichment, and animal training impact the welfare of cetaceans in zoos and aquariums worldwide. This study will take place across 44 accredited facilities in seven countries where scientists will gather data regarding approximately 290 common and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, 20 beluga whales, and eight Pacific white-sided dolphins.

posted 1/10/2018 12:32:33 PM |



Gray Seal Born at Brookfield Zoo

One of the last births that took place in 2017 at Brookfield Zoo was a gray seal, born on December 26. The pup is currently behind the scenes nursing, learning how to swim, and bonding with his mother, 13-year-old Lily. This pup is the third for Lily and the sire, 13-year-old Boone.

posted 1/9/2018 12:17:17 PM |



Simplistic Snake Safety from a Snake

Is 2018 your year to get right with snakes? Carilta the Croc's neighbor, the reticulated python, has some tips to help
put you at ease! “Hello everyone. Sssss. I mean sshhh. This is the reticulated python coming to you live from Brookfield
Zoo. Gather round and listen.

posted 1/9/2018 11:33:20 AM |



Meet Chef Robert: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk


Meet Chef Robert. He's the Executive Chef and founder of the catered foods department at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Zoo staff refer to him simply as “Chef.”  If you’ve been to a wedding, brunch, or other banquet at Brookfield Zoo, then you’ve eaten from Chef Robert’s menu.

posted 12/15/2017 4:36:33 PM |