News Release

Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

March 20, 2020


Kids Encouraged to Post Drawings and Messages for Brookfield Zoo’s African Lions

Brookfield, Ill. – Brutus and Titus, Brookfield Zoo’s two male 4-year-old African lions, have been at the zoo since mid-March. However, guests have not been able to see them in person because the zoo has been closed since the brothers arrived.

After seeing Brutus and Titus on one of the zoo’s weekday Facebook Live chats, children began sending in drawings of the lions welcoming them to the zoo. Staff decided to display the drawings on the window of the lions’ outdoor habitat, which seemed to catch the interest of at least Titus.

Now, staff want to fill the entire window with artwork submitted by children. Original drawings and messages for Brutus and Titus can be shared on the zoo’s Facebook page. They will then be printed and added to the window.

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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 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

Photo Captions—credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

4719, 4721, and 4834: Drawings and messages from submitted by children are displayed on Titus (front and left) and Brutus, outdoor habitat at Brookfield Zoo. The two African lions arrived at the zoo in mid-March, but because the zoo is closed to the public, guests have not been able to see them in person.

4866: Titus, one of Brookfield Zoo’s 4-year-old African lions, sits in front of a window in his outdoor habitat where staff have displayed drawings and messages for the lions. The zoo is encouraging kids to post additional drawings and messages to its Facebook page that will be added to the window.


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


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