News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org

July 7, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DINOS EVERYWHERE! at Brookfield Zoo

Advanced Tickets Required

Brookfield, Ill. — Brookfield Zoo opened last week to members, and on Wednesday, July 8, the general public are welcomed to once again enjoy the outdoor areas of the park (all indoor buildings are currently closed). This includes the zoo’s new temporary exhibit—Dinos Everywhere!.

The exhibit features more than 40 life-like, earth-shaking animatronic dinosaurs that have descended upon the zoo. Dino lovers of all ages can embark on a safari in search of all the dinosaurs, including the Argentinosaurus. This massive dinosaur—measuring more 110 feet in length and standing three-stories tall—can’t be missed on the zoo’s West Mall. The interactive exhibit allows zoogoers to put their dinosaur knowledge to the test! Guests can answer dino-related trivia questions for an opportunity to win a prize. Not to mention there are plenty of opportunities to snap selfies alongside favorite prehistoric behemoths, including the tyrannosaurus rex, stegosaurus, pteranodon, and pentaceratops. Dinos Everywhere! was created by “Jurassic Park” advisor, Don Lessum and is on loan from Dino Don, Inc. and The Wildlife Conservation Society.

In addition to Dinos Everywhere! guests can see many of the animals in their outdoor habitats, including Brutus and Titus, 4-year-old African lions who arrived in mid-March; African painted dog puppies; grey seals; Mexican wolves; polar bears; Amur tiger; Galapagos and sulcata tortoises; kangaroos; brown bears; and Sasha, a 4-month-old Amur leopard cub, who recently made his public debut.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo, has implemented a number of enhanced operational protocols and procedures, including a reserved timed-ticketing system. Admission tickets and parking must be purchased online at CZS.org/OnlineTicketing, prior to going to the zoo. No tickets will be sold onsite. Additionally, the zoo is requesting everyone 2 and over wear a face covering when they enter the zoo. Once inside, face coverings should be worn if not able to maintain a social distance of at least six feet from staff and guests who are not members of the same family. This includes when making transactions at food, beverage, and merchandise kiosks and while inside bathrooms.

Brookfield Zoo is a cashless park, so card payments are required at all food, beverage, and merchandise kiosks. It is highly recommended for guests to read the complete list of guidelines and new protocols at CZS.org/KnowBeforeYouGo prior to visiting Brookfield Zoo.

Limiting guests to only outdoor areas is in accordance to the state of Illinois’ phase 4 reopening guidelines. Staff is continuously monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines, including appropriate social distancing and group size, to determine when to increase attendance capacity, allow access to indoor animal buildings, as well as reopening restaurants and gift shops.

Admission to Brookfield Zoo, which includes access to Dinos Everywhere!, is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3-11 and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

During these unprecedented times, Brookfield Zoo was closed for nearly four months with no revenue coming in from gate admissions and in-park gift shop, restaurant, and catered event sales. In that time, the zoo’s dedicated staff has continued to provide the animals with outstanding care. Support from the public is needed now more than ever. Those who would like to help and contribute to the care of the more than 2,000 animals who call Brookfield Zoo home, can visit the zoo’s website at CZS.org/Donate.

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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 CZS.org.

Photo Captions—credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
Ankylosaurus
Argentinosaurus
Datousaurus
Deinonychus
Rapetosaurus
Tyrannasaurus rex

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Sondra Katzen
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Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071
E-mail: Sondra.Katzen@CZS.org

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