News Release


Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations,


September 6, 2016




Note: Photos from past Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations may be downloaded here:

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Chicago Zoological Society to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Fiesta Musical Planned for September 24



   Brookfield, Ill.—Enjoy a day of fun at Brookfield Zoo while celebrating Hispanic culture on Saturday, September 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The zoo’s East Mall will be filled with music and dance that highlight Latin American countries.

The event will kick off with a Celebration Parade at 11:00 a.m. with performances by Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos and The Chicago Mariachi Project. Additional live entertainment scheduled includes performances by DJ Pascual Gonzalezwho will play tunes to dance to at 1:30 p.m. and Guitarist Ruben Amaro at 2:00 p.m.

During the celebration, families can meet some of the zoo’s Animal Ambassadors, enjoy live music and dancing, and make crafts with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Guests can also meet the Chicago Zoological Society’s King Science Conservation Scholars as they share information about some of the zoo’s animals. There will also be Latin American food and drinks available for purchase at the zoo’s Castaway Grill.

In addition, meet Cook County Commissioners Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Luis Arroyo, Jr., both great supporters of this celebration.

Staff members of the Society’s Arcoiris group, whose mission is to achieve organizational excellence through diversity, host this event.


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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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