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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

May 7, 2020


Help Name African Painted Dog Puppy at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill— On April 28, Brookfield Zoo virtually debuted seven African painted dog puppies during its weekday “Bringing the Zoo to You” Facebook Live chat. All of the puppies have names with the exception of one of the males. Now, the zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming him.

The animal care staff has chosen four potential names. Those wishing to help in the final selection, can cast a vote for their favorite on the zoo’s website at The name choices are:

· Kashyyyk (pronounced KA-sheek)—name of a planet in Star Wars

· Shaki (pronounced shah-KEY)—means “shark” in Chewa, which is from the Bantu language in Zimbabwe, where African painted dogs are native

· Taya (pronounced TA-yah)—means “jaws” in Swahili

· Kwanza—means “first” in Swahili (he was the first born in the litter)

Voting will take place beginning today, May 7, at noon, CDT, and continue through May 20, at 5:00 p.m., CDT. The name with the most votes will be announced on Thursday, May 21.

Since the zoo is currently closed, the public is encouraged to visit the zoo’s Facebook page or Youtube channel to see video of the African painted dog puppies shown during the live chat.

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 - The yet-to-be-named African painted dog puppy in the seven-pup litter.


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


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