News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

July 9, 2020


Animals at Brookfield Zoo Receive Ice Treats to Keep Cool

Brookfield, Ill. – Today, with temperatures once again heating up, animals at Brookfield Zoo received some ice treats. Animal care staff provided Kartik and Hani, the zoo’s sloth bears, with fruit frozen inside ice blocks. The African lions—Brutus and Titus—and the African painted dogs received beef bones frozen in ice. And, the reindeer cooled off under misters installed in their habitat.

In addition, animals, including the zoo’s other bears and big cats are given access to their indoor quarters if they choose.

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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

Photo Captions—credit: Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

5435 and 5463: Brutus, a 4-year-old African lion at Brookfield Zoo cools off during the hot weather with an ice block treat with frozen bones.

5713, 5725, and 5745: Animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo gave Kartik, a sloth bear at Brookfield Zoo, an ice treat filled with fruit to keep cool during the hot Chicago area weather.

5782: The reindeer herd at Brookfield Zoo cool off under a mister in their outdoor habitat.

5863: Bones frozen in ice were given to Brookfield Zoo’s African painted dogs.


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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