News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
August 3, 2017
NOTE: Images of Kristi and her dad, Captain Joshua Flury at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below:

Army Captain Surprises Daughter at Brookfield Zoo’s Dolphins in Action
Brookfield, Ill.—Today, August 3, is not one 12-year-old Kristi Flury will soon forget. Unbeknownst to Kristi, a surprise was awaiting her at Brookfield Zoo’s 1:00 p.m. Dolphins in Action. During the presentation Kristi and her mom, April, were called out from the audience to touch one of the dolphins. But, that wasn’t the only surprise. Kristi’s dad, Captain Joshua Flury of the United States Army Reserves had been serving his second deployment, this one in Kuwait as a Projects Officer. He was able to come home a few weeks early to spend time with Kristi before she started the new school year and wanted to surprise her with his early return at Brookfield Zoo. After the presentation, the family enjoyed seeing the other animals at the zoo.
April Flury contacted the zoo at the end of June to help her plan the surprise for Kristi.
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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 at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, 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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