News Release

October 16, 2018

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
Animals at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy Halloween Treats
Photo Captions: credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
1106.jpg and 1134.jpg: Hani, a sloth bear at Brookfield Zoo digging at a pumpkin to get to the tasty seeds. Animals will also be receiving pumpkins over the next two weekends during Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration, October 20-21 and 27-28.
1175.jpg: Sophia, an orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, carrying a Halloween treat.
1250.jpg: The lemurs were one of the many animals at Brookfield Zoo to receive pumpkins.
1269.jpg: Quilbert, a 3-month-old prehensile-tailed porcupine at Brookfield Zoo, getting in the Halloween spirit.
1311.jpg, 1332.jpg, and 1338.jpg: The Nigerian dwarf goats seemed to enjoy the Halloween treats that the animal care staff gave them.

            Brookfield, Ill. — Today, several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo received pumpkins. The orangutans, Nigerian dwarf goats, sloth bears, a Puerto Rican boa, and even Quilbert, the zoo’s 3-month-old prehensile-tailed porcupine seemed to enjoy the Halloween treats.

Animals will also be receiving pumpkins over the next two weekends during Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays, October 20-21 and 27-28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Welfare, staff are always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with enrichment items they normally do not receive on a regular basis, including pumpkins.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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 31stStreet 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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