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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
February 12, 2021                       
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Animals at Brookfield Zoo Receive Valentine’s Treats

Brookfield, Ill.—This week, Valentine’s Day, came a little early to several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo as they received heart-shaped treats provided by the animal care staff.

The western lowland gorilla group and Norman, a 6-year-old Cape porcupine enjoyed red heart-shaped treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin. The grey seals seemed to enjoy their frozen gelatin Valentine’s messages, while the meerkats were given mealworms inside heart-shaped origami. The squirrel and spider monkeys also joined in the Valentine’s celebration with bright red strawberries.

The Animal Programs staff is always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with a variety of different enrichment and food items they normally do not receive on a regular basis.

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Photo Captions (credit Cathy Bazzoni/Chicago Zoological Society)
12: Maggie Chardell, an animal care specialist at Brookfield Zoo, gives T-Mo, a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, an early Valentine’s treat.
15: Georgie (left) and Kiinaq, two grey seals at Brookfield Zoo, pose with frozen gelatin treats they received as early Valentine’s treats from animal care staff.
21: Georgie, one of Brookfield Zoo’s grey seals, poses next to frozen gelatin Valentine’s messages.
34: Norman, a 6-year-old Cape porcupine, enjoys an early nutritious heart-shaped Valentine’s treat.
63: Peanut, a 1-year-old grey seal, poses next to a frozen gelatin Valentine’s treat she received from animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo.
74: Meerkats at Brookfield Zoo look inside heart-shaped origami to find mealworm treats.
115: Ali, a 2½-year-old western lowland gorilla at Brookfield Zoo, finds a heart-shaped treat. This week, the gorillas received early Valentine’s treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin.
118: Koola, one of Brookfield Zoo’s western lowland gorillas, gets ready to eat the early Valentine’s treat she received this week from the animal care staff.

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


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