News Release
 
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org                                                                        
August 11, 2016
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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3054 & 3057: Elgin resident Rick Sauseda (center) was the 150 millionth guest to Brookfield Zoo. He, his wife Agnes, and their three children Payton, Adriane, and Carter, were congratulated by Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., (far right), president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, and Richard Gamble, senior vice president of operations for the Society.
 
3041: Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., (far right), president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society congratulates Rick Sauseda for being the 150 millionth guest to Brookfield Zoo. Rick, his wife Agnes, and their three children Payton, Adriane, and Carter are from Elgin. Holding the congratulatory sign is Richard Gamble, senior vice president of operations for the Society.
 
 

Brookfield Zoo Welcomes 150 Millionth Guest

 
Brookfield, Ill.— Rick Sauseda of Elgin was recognized for being the 150 millionth guest to Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday, August 16.
               Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, and Richard Gamble, senior vice president of operations for the Society, greeted Rick, his wife Agnes, and their three children Payton, Adriane, and Carter, at the zoo’s South Gate.
Strahl presented the family with a giant “congratulations” sign and a five-year Unlimited Family Membership to the zoo. With this membership, the Sausedas receive free admission and parking to the zoo, as well as free admission to all of the in-park paid attractions through August 2021. In addition, on a return visit, the family will get a behind-the-scenes experience with the zoo’s giraffes.
                 Brookfield Zoo opened to the public in 1934 with an estimated 58,000 people in attendance. Annual attendance now exceeds more than two million guests. For all of the guests throughout its 82-year history, the zoo has inspired conservation leadership by providing amazing animal experiences.
 
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.
 
 

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