News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 13, 2017
NOTE: Images of the reindeer fawn and his mom Bunny at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below.
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Reindeer Fawn Born at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill.—People usually think about reindeer around the December holiday season. But with Easter just a few days away, one of Brookfield Zoo’s reindeers, named Bunny, gave birth to a male fawn in the morning on April 12. The last reindeer birth at the zoo was in 1980.

Bunny and Karl, the sire, arrived at Brookfield Zoo in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and are among the featured animals in Hamill Family Wild Encounters, which opened in 2015.

The unnamed fawn weighs about 7 pounds but will grow quickly from drinking its mother’s rich milk. He was also up and walking within an hour of his birth. A day-old fawn is capable of outrunning a human.

Gestation for reindeer is between 6.5 and 8 months. Fawns are born with dark fur that acts as camouflage and absorbs radiant heat from the sun. At about two to three months, they begin to shed as lighter-colored fur grows in. Also, little antler buds will begin developing at a few months of age.

Guests can see Bunny and her fawn along with Karl and Crystal, another member of the reindeer herd, in their outdoor habitat.

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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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