News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
March 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
 

Giraffes at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy Warmer Weather

Brookfield, Ill.— With the warmer temperatures expected today, March 5, and over the weekend, the giraffes at Brookfield Zoo were given access to their outdoor habitat for the first time this year—a sure sign that spring is almost here.

It is always exciting to witness the giraffes stretching their legs. When a giraffe walks both its legs on one side move together and then the other side. However, when they gallop, a giraffe’s front legs splay out in unison and then the back legs come forward together in between the front legs.

The members of Brookfield Zoo’s giraffe herd are Ato, 4; Potoka, 6; Arnieta, 13; and Jasiri, 14. Reticulated giraffes are native to northeast Kenya in Africa, so the outdoor temperature at the zoo needs to be at least 45-50°F for them to have access outside. When they are not outside, guests can see them indoors at the zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah.
 
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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. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31stStreet in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.
 

Photo Captions—credit Kelly Tone/Chicago Zoological Society

1385 and 1451: Potoka, a 6-year-old giraffe at Brookfield Zoo, stretches his legs today, March 5. With the milder temperatures the giraffe herd has access to their outdoor habitat.

1457: With temperatures in the high 40s, Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, including Arnieta (left) and Potoka, can be seen in their outdoor habitat. When outside for the first time following winter, they tend to run around stretching their legs.

1508: Arnieta, a 13-year-old giraffe at Brookfield Zoo, stretches her legs after being given access to the outdoor habitat today, March 5.

1517: With temperatures in the high 40s, Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, including Potoka (left) and Arnieta, can be seen in their outdoor habitat. When outside for the first time following winter, they tend to run around stretching their legs.

1572 and 1575: Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, including Arnieta (foreground) and Potoka, were given access to their outdoor habitat, today, March 5.  

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Sondra Katzen
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E-mail: Sondra.Katzen@CZS.org

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