News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 25, 2017
Note: Images of FREEze Day activities can be downloaded below.
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Free Admission and Dogsledding Demonstrations
at Brookfield Zoo’s Annual FREEze Day

Brookfield, Ill.—FREEze time on your calendar this season to enjoy the wintry weather and head to Brookfield Zoo for its annual FREEze Day on Sunday, February 12.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy free admission and fun-filled events, including dogsledding demonstrations by the Green Valley Dog Drivers and their four-legged friends. Mushers and their pups will engage guests in games and answer questions about this fan-favorite sport on the zoo’s West Mall between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

While visiting some of the animals’ habitats, zoogoers can join in special Zoo Chats to learn more about species that don’t seem to mind the FREEzing temperatures. The informal chats, which are hosted by animal care staff, will feature the zoo’s winter-hardy animals. They include:

  • The red-tailed hawk, a bird-of-prey species found throughout Chicagoland, at 11:00 a.m. on the West Mall

  • The king of cold-weather animals—the polar bear—at 11:30 a.m. at Great Bear Wilderness

  • Mexican gray wolves at noon at Regenstein Wolf Woods

  • Snow leopards at 2:00 p.m. at Big Cats

Guests can also venture over to Hamill Family Play Zoo between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., where youngsters can meet Nature Cat, a costumed character from WTTW’s animated series who encourages children ages 3 to 8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. Representatives from WTTW will engage kids in a craft activity of making bird-nesting orbs to hang in their own backyards.
In addition to FREEze Day being free to all guests, Brookfield Zoo offers free general admission on every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday throughout the month of February (a parking fee still applies).
For more information about FREEze Day, visit or call (708) 688-8000.


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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