News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

May 21, 2020


Brookfield Zoo Announces Name of African Painted Dog Puppy

Brookfield, Ill— Brookfield Zoo asked the public to help name one of its 4-month-old African painted dog puppies by submitting their votes on its website. For the past two weeks more than 5,200 votes were cast and the winning name is Kashyyyk (pronounced KA-sheek)—a planet in Star Wars.

Animal care staff describe Kashyyyk as being very curious and rather brave. He can be identified by the two distinguishable black rings on his tail that has a white tip.

The puppies currently weigh between 30 and 35 pounds. They spend a lot of time playing, but with the warmer weather, sleeping in a big pile in the sun has become a favorite activity. They also have been taking advantage of the pool in their yard.

Those interested in helping care for the African painted dogs at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Animal Adoption program. For $35, a recipient receives the Basic Package, which includes a 5-inch x 7-inch color photograph of the African painted dogs, a personalized certificate of adoption, an African painted dog fact sheet, and an Animal Adoption program decal. To purchase one of the packages, visit

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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, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

Photo Captions—credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
5931, 6374, 6391, 6459, 6637 - African painted dog puppy Kashyyyk


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


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