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Hudson Meets Hope: Brookfield Zoo's Polar Bear Pair

The wait is over. Brookfield Zoo guests have noticed a new arrival at Great Bear Wilderness in recent weeks. Hope, a 5-year-old female polar bear who arrived at Brookfield Zoo this past January, and Hudson, the zoo’s 14-year-old male polar bear, recently were introduced to one another.

posted 4/13/2021 1:23:34 PM

Feathered Tales: Moving to Brookfield Zoo

Welcome to Feathered Tales! This is the first in what will be a series of monthly blog posts that explore the day-to-day lives of the wonderful birds that live here at Brookfield Zoo. This month, we start at the logical place: the beginning, as birds come to the zoo for the first time. 

posted 4/12/2021 10:32:42 AM

Lobo Week 2021: Meet Our New Mexican Gray Wolfpack

March 28 - April 3, 2021, is Lobo Week! It's a week when zoos, wildlife organizations, individuals like you, and many others come together with a common goal: to raise awareness for the Mexican gray wolf!

posted 3/28/2021 9:42:09 PM

Meet Pascal, Our North American River Otter Pup

Brookfield Zoo is home to over 2,300 animals but none of them are getting more attention these days than Pascal, our three-month-old North American river otter pup. Born on January 20, Pascal is being hand-reared by animal care staff.

posted 3/23/2021 3:41:23 PM

Complex Environmental Enrichment for Dolphins

Environmental enrichment is a key component in improving the psychological and physiological welfare of animals under professional care. When you visit Brookfield Zoo, you may notice a variety of enrichment items in the animal’s habitats. Enrichment is one way that the animal care staff can promote activity and species-specific behaviors.

posted 3/23/2021 1:41:53 PM

Don't Miss the 'All Together for Animals' Virtual Benefit Concert

COVID-19 has had a dire impact on Brookfield Zoo. Due to the pandemic, we have lost nearly a year of revenue. But we still need to feed, care, and provide medical attention for our precious animals – every single day. Until we can re-open to 100% capacity, we will struggle financially. So, we are reaching out to our members, guests, and friends for support with an exciting offer.

posted 3/19/2021 2:19:36 PM

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

CZS & Brookfield Zoo

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Learn more about the animals, people, and research that make up CZS here at our blog.


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