News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

June 23, 2017

Chicago Zoological Society Hosts Wounded Warrior Project at Brookfield Zoo
Note: photos (with captions) may be downloaded below

     Brookfield, Ill. – On June 22, dozens of veterans as part of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® visited Brookfield Zoo. Just before entering the zoo’s south entrance, the riders passed under an American flag draped across two ladder trucks from Riverside and Brookfield fire departments.

Once inside the park, guests, zoo staff and volunteers, and children enrolled in the zoo’s summer camp program, lined the walkways welcoming the veterans and cheering them on as they rode by.

This is the third year the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, hosted WWP. After riding through the park, the warriors were served lunch followed by a narrated tour of the park aboard Motor Safari trams.

The ride to Brookfield Zoo was part of a three-day 63-mile ride throughout the Chicagoland area. Soldier Ride is a multi-day bicycling event, where a group of injured veterans will be challenged to push themselves physically and mentally as they manage visible and invisible wounds of war. And they won’t be doing it alone – they will move forward together, as a unit, just like during their military service. 
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Photos Captions—photos by Kelly Tone/Chicago Zoological Society
4266: Prior to entering Brookfield Zoo, veterans on the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® pass under an American flag that is draped between fire trucks from Riverside and Brookfield.
4325 and 4338: Brookfield Zoo guests, staff, and volunteers cheered on veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® as passed by inside the park.
4381: Youngsters in Brookfield Zoo’s summer camp program, waved American flags as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® passed by.
4426: A “thank you” poster signed by Brookfield Zoo guests and staff was presented to participants on the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride®.


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


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