News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
December 4, 2020
NOTE: Download images Brookfield Zoo’s featured Animal Adoption animals at bottom of this press release.
Go Wild this Holiday Season with Gifts Featuring Animals at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — This holiday season, shop for the purr-fect present without having to leave home. The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Adoption program is highlighting two featured creatures: Brookfield Zoo’s snow leopard and Amur leopard cubs, both born earlier this year. Donations to the program are gifts that give twice—helping to provide expert care and feeding of an animal for one year as well as giving a thoughtful and unique present to a loved one.

Adoption packages for Ahava, the zoo’s 6-month-old snow leopard, and Sasha, a 9-month-old Amur leopard, range in price from $35 to $120. The Basic Package for $35 includes a 5-inch by 7-inch color photo of either cat, a personalized certificate, a species fact sheet, an Animal Adoption decal, and an invitation to the Animal Adoption summer event in 2021 (subject to change based on government COVID-19 guidelines). A contribution of $65 for the Plush Package features a 12-inch plush animal, four free tickets to the Animal Adoption summer event in 2021, and all the benefits of the Basic Package. Indecisive gift givers can choose a Basic Duo for $65 or a Plush Duo for $120, which gives the lucky recipient adoptions for both Ahava and Sasha.

In addition to Sasha and Ahava, several other animals are being featured this holiday season as a Basic or Plush package, including Brutus or Titus, 4-year-old African lions; Zeus, a bald eagle; Kecil or Kekasih, two of the zoo’s orangutans; and a two-toed sloth named Raisin.

For more information on package benefits as well as the complete list of animals available for adoption, visit or call (708) 688-8341. Or, if you are visiting the zoo, adoption packages may be purchased at the guest relations booth at either the north or south gates.

A gift message carrying your name can accompany the adoption package. To ensure holiday delivery, orders must be received by December 15, 2020. Special holiday packages are available through December 31, 2020, or while supplies last.

Photos--credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
4105 and 4113: Ahava, 6-month-old snow leopard
5416 and 8689: Sasha, 9-month old Amur leopard
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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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