News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
June 30, 2018
Animals Enjoying Icy Treats at Brookfield Zoo

Photo Captions—photos by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
3044, 3427, 3146—One of Brookfield Zoo’s sloth bears seems to be enjoying an icy treat filled with frozen fruit.
3585, 3594: Axhi, a grizzly bear at Brookfield Zoo, keeps cool during the hot temperatures with a huge ice block.
3136 and 3142: Whirl, an Amur tiger at Brookfield Zoo, receives an icy treat with frozen bone to keep cool.

     Brookfield, Ill. – With temperatures in the 90s for the next several days, animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo are keeping animals cool with some icy treats. The sloth bears and big cats received ice blocks filled with frozen fruit and bones, respectively. In addition, the zoo’s grizzly bears received large blocks of ice in addition to having their pools to cool off in.

Also during the extremely hot temperatures, many of the animals are given access to their behind-the-scenes areas, which are cooler and several of the habitats have shade covering and misting fans.
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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
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