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October 13, 2020


Brookfield Zoo Included in American Humane’s Conservation Documentary ‘Escape From Extinction’

Brookfield Zoo is proud to be featured in ‘Escape From Extinction’ as a leader in the fight to preserve millions of critically endangered species

Brookfield, Ill.— Brookfield Zoo today announced its inclusion in American Humane’s inaugural feature-length documentary, Escape From Extinction, opening in cities nationwide this month through Concert Films, LLC. The film, narrated by Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, showcases the critical efforts certified and accredited zoos and aquariums are undertaking to preserve millions of species threatened with mass extinction.

“We are excited to share Escape from Extinction with theatrical audiences across the country,” said Executive Producer Dr. Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO of American Humane. “We hope this incredible film will inspire them to take action to protect and preserve critical species on the brink of disappearing forever.”

Since the year 1500, more than 680 species have gone extinct and today, one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. Escape From Extinction documents the work of the major zoological organizations that truly are nature’s last arks of hope in preserving the rich legacy of life on our planet. Without this help – and the global engagement of the public – the biological treasures we hoped to share with our children and our grandchildren may vanish within a generation.

“The Chicago Zoological Society is very proud to have been a part of this important film. American Humane has brought much-needed clarity and truth to a debate that has been filled with misinformation and falsehoods from those who seek to bring about the end of zoos and aquariums and their mission to protect and save species and habitat around the world,” said William Zeigler, Senior Vice President of Animal Programs with Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

Escape From Extinction will open in theatres across the country on October 16, including iPic South Barrington (100 W Higgins Rd., South Barrington, IL 60010); Kerasotes Showplace ICON (1011 S Delano Ct. East, Chicago, IL 60605); Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657). Proceeds from the 90-minute documentary will go back to American Humane, helping to further its vital work to protect animals around the world, including saving, sheltering, and improving the lives of some one billion animals each year.


About American Humane

Founded in 1877, American Humane is the country's first national humane organization. For 142 years, the nonprofit has pioneered many of the humane protections we have come to take for granted and today works to save, shelter, feed, and improve the lives of some one billion animals around the world. With 91 cents of every dollar spent going directly to programs, American Humane has earned Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating,” has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” with an “A” rating by both the American Institute of Philanthropy’s CharityWatch and Great Nonprofits, and was awarded the gold level seal from GuideStar USA. The organization has also earned the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, was awarded inclusion on Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charities list and was designated as a “Best Charity” by Consumer Reports. For more information about American Humane’s lifesaving work, please visit

About MRB Productions

MRB Productions brings inventive stories and inspired imagery to media platforms around the world. Whether producing a commercial, a feature film, television, digital, live sports or an award show, MRB evolves to embrace a project’s specific needs. We are passionate about what we do and committed to being exceptional. MRB’s most recent feature, All I Wish, with Sharon Stone, Tony Goldwyn & Ellen Burstyn, is currently streaming. Our documentary, Back to Life, premiered on ABC and is currently on Amazon Prime. MRB’s latest films, all festival darlings, are available on streaming platforms. These include The Night Stalker with Lou Diamond Phillips, The Truth About Emanuel with Jessica Biel, & Grassroots with Jason Biggs. In Television, MRB has a decade of experience producing the pre-taped segments and VIP program for ESPN’s ESPY Awards, in addition to producing the Hero Dog Awards for the Hallmark Channel. Additional TV projects include two seasons of the mockumentary comedy show Free Radio on VH1 and Comedy Central and the Webby award-winning series, The Confession, starring Kiefer Sutherland. MRB is also known for sports programming for the Longhorn Network. MRB’s commercial repertoire includes a longstanding relationship with Mattel and collaborations with Periera & O’Dell, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Publicis, for clients such as McDonald’s, Pepsi, Mattel, Lay’s, Foot Locker, Samsung, Nerf, NHL, Smirnoff, Wal-Mart, and University of Phoenix. In the video game space, MRB partners with Ubisoft to produce the Just Dance Kids series. For more information, please visit

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

Images & Videos (Photo Credit: American Humane)
* ‘Escape From Extinction’ movie poster 
* Mexican grey wolf - Brookfield Zoo's involvement in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Mexican Grey Wolf Recovery Program is featured in the film.
* Pangolin - Pangolins, found in Asia and Africa, are the world's most trafficked mammal. Brookfield Zoo is the primary lead in the Pangolin Consortium
*Amur Leopard - Amur leopards are the most critically endangered leopards in the world, with less than 100 said to be left in the wild. Brookfield Zoo is currently home to three Amur leopards. 
*Cross River Gorilla - Cross River gorillas, which are similar to western lowland gorillas found at Brookfield Zoo, are critically endangered and it's estimated there are roughly 200-300 left in the wild.
"Escape From Extinction" movie trailer (YouTube)


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