News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 3, 2018
Animals Enjoying Wintry Weather at Brookfield Zoo

      Brookfield, Ill. – Today, January 3, several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo didn’t seemed phased by the continuing chilly temperatures the Chicago area has been experiencing lately. The zoo’s bison herd; Whirl, one of the Amur tigers; Hudson, the zoo’s 11-year-old polar bear; and even the African painted dogs were treated to repurposed holiday trees. Those given to Whirl, Hudson, and the painted dogs were adorned with nutritious treats. The bison seemed to enjoy their enrichment items by tossing them around and rubbing their horns on the trees.

Winter is a great time to venture out to Brookfield Zoo and see the cold-hardy animals. There’s also plenty of animal buildings to warm up in, including Tropic World and The Swamp. Guests who visit in January and February on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays receive free admission (parking fees still applies).
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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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