News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 21, 2016
Note: Images of FREEze Day at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below:
Free Admission, Dog-Sledding Fun at Brookfield Zoo’s Annual FREEze Day
Guests invited to zoo for complimentary winter entertainment on February 14
     Brookfield, Ill. —Venture out and head to Brookfield Zoo for winter-themed activities and free admission at its annual FREEze Day on Sunday, February 14. The day’s events will feature wintry fun for the whole family, including dog-sledding demonstrations from members and their four-legged friends of the Green Valley Dog Drivers between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the zoo’s West Mall. Members of the organization will engage guests in games and musher talks with their canine teams.

Guests can also learn about some of the animals that don’t seem to mind the colder temperatures during special zoo chats. At 11:00 a.m. on the West Mall, zoogoers can get up close and find out about a bird of prey that can be found throughout the Chicagoland area. Afterwards, hike over to Great Bear Wilderness at 11:30 a.m. to find out about one of the heartiest of the cold-weather animals—the polar bear. At noon, a chat about the Mexican gray wolves will take place at Regenstein Wolf Woods. The final chat will take place at 2:00 p.m. and will highlight snow leopards.

At Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters and their families can meet Nature Cat, a costumed character from WTTW’s new animated series that encourages children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. Nature Cat airs three times daily on WTTW11 and at, where users will also find games and educational “do-it-yourself” projects. Representatives from WTTW also will be on hand at the event to engage kids in a variety of hands-on activities, including making bird feeders and playing tracking games. Other fun activities will feature mud play, tips on snowshoeing from the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and creating Valentine’s Day cards for the animals..

For more information about FREEze Day, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires 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. 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


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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