News Release


Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
February 18, 2017
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Giraffes at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy Unusual Spring-like Weather

            Brookfield, IL—Today, people weren’t the only ones venturing outside and enjoying the unseasonable warm weather. The giraffes at Brookfield Zoo did too. The herd normally doesn’t have access to the outdoor habitat until mid-April. However with the mild temperatures, the nearly 20,000 people who visited the zoo today were able to see the giraffes stretch their legs earlier than in past years. This annual event can sometimes be exciting to witness as some of the younger giraffes have been known to run around and kick up their hooves. The zoo’s giraffe—Mithra, 26; Jasari, 11; Arnieta, 10; and Potoka, 3—can be seen outdoors at Habitat Africa! The Savannah weather permitting.

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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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