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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
November 25, 2020
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
NOTE: Download images of the lemurs at end bottom of this press release.
 
Ring-tailed Lemurs at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast


Brookfield, Ill. --The ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo were treated to their 7th annual Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Tjhey even practiced social distancing as animal cae staff set up a scene that included a laptop showing images of two other lemurs at the zoo to simulate a virtual visit.

The lemurs—Moses, Dogwood, Ramses, and Butch—seemed to enjoy their nutritious meal that included a turkey made of primate biscuits with honey, steamed corn and green beans, mashed potatoes with banana baby food for gravy, cranberry sauce made of sugar free gelatin and dried cranberries, and pumpkin and sweet potato pie with a primate biscuit crust and popcorn that served as whipped cream. They were able to wash it all down with apple juice.

Many families make a visit to Brookfield Zoo on Thanksgiving Day a tradition. Although the zoo is open, it is following current guidelines from the state of Illinois, which states no buildings may be open and guest capacity must be limited. To ensure social distancing, advance admission and parking tickets are required. Reservation times are available in 20-minute increments. Admission is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3-11, and $19.95 for senior 65 and over. Parking is $15. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, including on Thanksgiving Day, and on Mondays and Tuesdays in December through the 22nd, admission is free. Tickets must be reserved at CZS.org/OnlineTicketing for all days, including on free admission days. Those not familiar with the zoo’s protocols, it is recommended to review them at CZS.org/KnowBeforeYouGo.

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Photo Captions—credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
741: Dogwood, one of the ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo, received a nutritious Thanksgiving feast prepared by the animal care staff. This is the 7th annual feast for the lemurs.
 
752 and 769: Ramses, one of the ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo, takes a bite of the turkey made of primate biscuits and honey. This is the 7th annual Thanksgiving feast that the animal care staff have prepared for the lemurs.
 
782: Two ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo seem to be enjoying a nutritious Thanksgiving feast that the animal care staff prepared. In addition, staff set up a scene that included a laptop showing images of two other lemurs at the zoo to simulate a social distancing virtual visit.
 
6271: Animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo gave the ring-tailed lemurs a nutritious Thanksgiving feast. Butch (left) seems to be eyeing the pumpkin and sweet potato pie made with a primate biscuit crust and topped with popcorn to serve as whip cream.
 
760: One of the ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo, takes a taste of mashed potatoes with banana baby food for gravy. Animal care staff have been making a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings for the lemurs since 2014.

 
 

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 CZS.org.
 

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