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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

June 21, 2020


Brookfield Zoo’s Llama and Staff Member Celebrate National Selfie Day

Brookfield, Ill. – Taking the perfect photo isn't easy—it's about the right combination of light, angle, setting, and at times, just the right partner. Today, to celebrate National Selfie Day, which was created in 2014 by a DJ from Texas, Brookfield Zoo posted selfies featuring Jill Braun, an animal care specialist with Lucy, one of the zoo’s llamas. The zoo’s photographer even got in on the fun by taking photos of Jill taking the selfies. Now, the zoo is asking the public to take selfies with their animal buddies and posting them on the zoo’s Facebook page.

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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. 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


Selfie 1 and Selfie 2: Animal Care Specialist Jill Braun takes a selfie with Lucy, a llama at Brookfield Zoo, in celebration of National Selfie Day.

8210 and 8213: Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society’ s staff photographer, captured photos of Jill Braun, an animal care specialist at Brookfield Zoo, taking a selfie with Lucy, one of the zoo’s llamas.


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


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