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Brookfield Zoo Welcomes Two New Gray Seal Pups

Next time you visit Pinniped Point, don't be surprised if you see double. Two gray seals were recently born at Brookfield Zoo! The female pups are currently behind the scenes bonding with their mothers, Lily and Tasha, and are practicing their swimming skills in a pool specially designed for the newborns. They'll make their public debut soon but in the meantime we've got lots of cute photos and videos to share...

posted 1/24/2020 2:29:31 PM

Brookfield Zoo Is Raising Money for the Australian Bushfire Crisis

The Chicago Zoological Society's mission is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. We can see no greater call to action than responding to what is happening in Australia right now.

posted 1/15/2020 12:02:39 PM

Brookfield Zoo Mourns the Loss of African Lions Zenda & Isis

The new year has begun on a very sad note at Brookfield Zoo, as we have had to announce the passing of our male and female African lions, Zenda and Isis. They would have turned 14 and 15 this year, respectively. The love for Zenda and Isis by zoo staff was matched by the outpouring of kind words and memories shared by guests and members in the wake of their passing.

posted 1/14/2020 9:21:28 PM

Brookfield Zoo Helping Puerto Rican Crested Toads Recover

The rich fauna of Puerto Rico includes only one native species of toad, the Puerto Rican Crested Toad. Unfortunately, this toad faces several threats in the wild and is listed as critically endangered. A group of 19 zoos and aquariums, including Brookfield Zoo, are working alongside the Puerto Rican Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure this species isn’t lost to extinction.

posted 1/3/2020 12:31:36 PM

The Best Holiday Magic Selfie Spots at Brookfield Zoo

The holidays are prime #SelfieSeason and Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo is a great place to get your necessary Instagram-worthy shots in before the new year. The zoo is 216 acres, which is a lot of ground to cover. But don't worry, we've scouted out the best selfie spots for you so you can spend less time searching and more time snapping pics and making memories.

posted 12/23/2019 3:13:09 PM

Life In The Slow Lane: The Sloths of Brookfield Zoo

If you’re in search of one of the sleepiest and slowest animals in the world, trek over to Tropic World - South America here at Brookfield Zoo. Keep your eyes peeled for a bundle of fur resting in a tree nook or curled up in an overhead basket catching some z’s. If you’re really lucky, you might even see these animals climbing on their rope bridges or having a healthy veggie snack. Who are we talking about? Sloths of course!

posted 12/20/2019 2:06:22 PM

Measuring the Individual Differences of Giraffes

Since we strive to continuously monitor the welfare of the animals here at Brookfield Zoo, we are beginning another study to examine other elements of giraffe behavior while indoors for the winter. Behavioral monitoring of animals is an essential part of ensuring optimal welfare for an animal. Since the previous giraffe study indicated individual differences in the giraffes’ behavior, one of the focuses of our new research will be on each individual.

posted 12/5/2019 8:28:30 PM

Make Giving Tuesday a Giving Zoo Day!

Giving Tuesday is a global celebration that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shift the focus onto what's important this holiday season: giving back. On Tuesday, December 3, we hope you will consider making a donation to Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo. We've got some exciting prizes for those who do.

posted 12/1/2019 2:01:06 PM

The Science Behind Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Care and Welfare

Many people do not realize the amount of research that goes into taking care of the animals at the Brookfield Zoo. This includes not only conducting research to better understand the factors that lead to optimal welfare, but also the literature reviews that are completed by staff to stay current on best practices across the zoo and aquarium industry.

posted 11/25/2019 1:45:35 PM

Sloth Bears & Ending the 'Dancing Bear' Tradition

Brian Czarnik, Senior Keeper Large Carnivores for Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo, recently led a group of seven animal care professionals from all over the United States on a ten-day trip to India. The main focus was visiting both Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks and learning more about local "Dancing Bear" traditions that are now illegal there.

posted 11/13/2019 3:34:27 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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