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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
March 17, 2020                                        
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Animals Get Shamrock-shaped Treats on St. Patrick’s Day

Brookfield, Ill. – In an effort to maintain some normalcy during these trying times, animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo decided to keep with an annual tradition. Today, on St. Patrick’s Day they presented several of the animals with shamrock-shaped treats. Quilbert, a prehensile-tailed porcupine; Norman, a Cape porcupine; and William, a wallaby, received nutritious shamrock-shaped treats made of a biscuit chow, water, unflavored gelatin, and green food coloring.

The zoo’s pinnipeds gave their seal of approval when animal care staff presented them with green colored ice and sugar-free gelatin shaped like shamrocks. The grey seals—Peanut, Celia, and Lily—and the California sea lions—Josephine, Charger, Carolyn, Sabiena, and Lucy—all seemed to enjoy their St. Patrick’s Day enrichment items.

The dwarf Nigerian goats also received the shamrock-shaped biscuit treats as well as some green leaves as part of the zoo’s browse program. ComEd, delivers twigs and branches from trees that its crews cut along power lines to the zoo from spring through early fall. Staff in the zoo’s nutrition department vacuum seal and freeze it, which also preserves the nutritional value. This allows the animals to enjoy the leafy greens, twigs, and branches during the winter months.

Brookfield Zoo remains open with limited access. Guests may enjoy the zoo’s outdoor space, which includes more than 200 acres of pathways as well as view the animals that have outside access. However, all indoor animal habitats, the Discovery Center, restaurants and gift shops are closed. During this time with limited access to indoor animal viewing and programming, admission to Brookfield Zoo will be free; a parking fee still applies.

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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 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org
 

Photo Captions—photos taken by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

8457 and 8470: Norman, a Cape porcupine at Brookfield Zoo, received a shamrock-shaped treat in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day today. The treat was made of biscuit chow, water, unflavored gelatin, and green food coloring.

8521 and 8550: Animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo gave several of the animals shamrock-shaped treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, including Quilbert, a prehensile-tailed porcupine.

8587: William, a wallaby at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy a shamrock-shaped treat he received from animal care staff today on St. Patrick’s Day.

8638: Yolanda (front) and Liliana, two of Brookfield Zoo’s dwarf Nigerian goats, received shamrock-shaped treats from animal care staff today for St. Patrick’s Day. The treats were made of biscuit chow, water, unflavored gelatin, and green food coloring.

8659: Brookfield Zoo’s dwarf Nigerian goats, including Picasso, seemed to enjoy the shamrock-shaped treats they received today for St. Patrick’s Day.

8748: Lily, a grey seal at Brookfield Zoo, gets a shamrock-shaped ice treat in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

8785: Celia, a grey seal at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy a shamrock-shaped ice treat topped with sugar-free gelatin letters in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

8820: Lucy, a California sea lion at Brookfield Zoo, received a St. Patrick’s Day treat in celebration of the holiday.

8844: Animal care staff gave Lucy and Sabiena, two California sea lions at Brookfield Zoo, a shamrock-shaped ice treat filled with sugar-free gelatin in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

8885: Lucy (left) and Charger, two California sea lions, received a shamrock-shaped ice treat topped with a St. Patrick’s Day greeting at Brookfield Zoo today, March 17.

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Sondra Katzen
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