News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 8, 2017
Note: Images of previous zoo campers may be downloaded here:
Registration Open for Brookfield Zoo’s Winter Zoo Camp
Educational Fun for Kids Ages 6 through 12 in December and January
     Brookfield, Ill. – Parents looking for a fun and engaging activity for their children to do during the upcoming winter school break are invited to register for Brookfield Zoo’s Winter Zoo Camp. Open to 6- to 12-year-olds, camp days will take place on weekdays beginning Tuesday, December 26, and continue through Friday, January 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The flexible schedule allows parents to register their kids for just one day or multiple days. The cost is $75 per day (zoo members pay $65).
In addition to arts and craft activities, and traditional camp games and songs, the sessions will feature animal adventures. Throughout the two weeks, campers will have the opportunity to visit the zoo’s animal habitats, including attending a Dolphins in Action, getting up-close experiences with animals at Hamill Family Wild Encounters and Hamill Family Play Zoo, as well as taking a spin on The Carousel.

Children of ages 6-8 can enroll in Penguin Camp, and those of ages 9-12 can enroll in Polar Bear Camp. Both feature a unique animal theme each day:

  • Tuesday, December 26: Larger than Life – Spend the day studying some of the largest animals on Earth. Campers will get a close look at rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and bears, plus learn how the animals’ sizes give them an advantage.

  • Wednesday, December 27: Moonrise Kingdom – Some of the most fascinating creatures come out to play at night. This session will focus on nocturnal creatures like bats, bat-eared foxes, and pangolins, and will learn the how’s and why’s of being a creature of the night.

  • Thursday, December 28: The Life Aquatic – Fish or not a fish? Campers will examine different types of sea-life at Brookfield Zoo. Penguins, clown fish, corals, and dolphins will be seen as participants explore the different types of life that call the ocean home.

  • Friday, December 29: Stripes – Why do tigers and zebras have stripes? Why do dolphins have a dark back and a light belly? How do those spots keep the snow leopards hidden? Campers will spend the day investigating the role camouflage plays in keeping animals safe. 

  • Tuesday, January 2: Gorillas in the Mist – Some of our closest relatives like the gorilla and orangutan live in the Brookfield Zoo’s Tropic World. Campers will visit the primates and spend time learning about how these charismatic creatures live and monkey around.

  • Wednesday, January 3: Copycat – Playing “pretend” or “follow the leader” are fun games to play, but these games have a whole different meaning in the animal kingdom. In this session, campers will learn how mimicry can help animals learn some of their most essential skills.

  • Thursday, January 4: Alien – Why do eels have two sets of jaws?  What are the things on the top of a giraffe’s head? What is the job of a naked mole-rat queen? On this day, youngsters will come face to face with some of the more unusual animal adaptations that can be spotted on the residents at Brookfield Zoo. 

  • Friday, January 5: The Ice Storm – Frigid cold, snow, and ice are some of the harsh conditions animals face in their natural habitats. Animals living in the cold have special adaptations that protect them from freezing. On this day, campers will explore how animals adapt in unforgiving conditions.  

For more information and to register for Zoo Camp, visit
New in 2018, Brookfield Zoo will offer similar adventures during two weeks of

Spring Zoo Camp that will be offered March 26–30 and April 2–6, 2018. More information will be available when registration opens on January 9, 2018.
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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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