News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
December 31, 2020                                  
3200: Kemp's ridley sea turtle
3885: Humboldt penguins
6547: snow leopards
7865: toe-toed sloth
9139: orangutan
9285: NA river otter
Brookfield Zoo’s Weekday “Bringing the Zoo to You” Facebook Live Chats
Return during Temporary Closure

Brookfield, Ill. – Chicago Zoological Society’s animal care staff will once again present its “Bringing the Zoo to You” Facebook Live chats on Mondays through Fridays while Brookfield Zoo is closed in January and February. The weekday chats are a way to keep the zoo and its amazing animals connected to the public during its temporary closure before reopening to guests on March 1. The chats became popular when the zoo was previously closed earlier this year from mid-March through June to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Monday, January 4, and continuing through February, each weekday at 11:00 a.m. CT, animal care specialists at Brookfield Zoo will share interesting and fun facts about many of the animals as well as answer questions from viewers. Upcoming educational and entertaining chats will feature an update on Pistachio, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle who arrived at the zoo this past fall; Humboldt penguins; North American river otters; snow leopards; Raisin, a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth; and orangutans, to name just a few.

Those who cannot tune in at 11:00 a.m., can access “Bringing the Zoo to You” videos on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In addition to the live chats, the Chicago Zoological Society’s education staff is producing weekly videos called “Bringing the Play Zoo to You,” which are geared towards young children. Play partners will present a different theme each week that highlights ways kids can explore nature, learn about animals, and do fun activities from home. Posted on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page and YouTube channel every Thursday, each of the videos are available in both English and Spanish.

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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


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


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