News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
March 17, 2021
 NOTE: Download animals at Brookfield Zoo with shamrock-shaped treats at bottom of press release.

Brookfield Zoo’s Animals Receive Shamrock-shaped Treats

Brookfield, Ill.—Today, several of Brookfield Zoo’s animals joined in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with some shamrock-shaped nutritious treats presented to them by the animal care staff.

The Nigerian dwarf goats and orangutans—Kekasih (pronounced Kay-kah-see) and Kecil (pronounced Kah-cheel)—seemed to enjoy their green treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and unflavored gelatin. Georgie and Kiinaq (pronounced Key-nack), two of the zoo’s grey seals, received green-colored ice and sugar-free gelatin shaped like shamrocks as well as rainbows.

The animal care staff are always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with enrichment items they normally do not receive on a regular basis, including nutritious shamrock-shaped treats.

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Photo Captions (credit Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
6853: Kiinaq, a grey seal at Brookfield Zoo, seems to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day treats the animal care staff gave him today, March 17.
6941: Animal care staff at Brookfield Zoo gave the grey seals, including Georgie, St. Patrick’s Day treats made of ice and sugar-free gelatin.
7123 and 7180: Today on St. Patrick’s Day, Kekasih, an orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, was the recipient of shamrock-shaped nutritious treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and unflavored gelatin.
7144: Kecil, one of Brookfield Zoo’s orangutans, seemed to enjoy the shamrock-shaped treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and unflavored gelatin that animal care staff gave him today on St. Patrick’s Day.
7302, 7351, 7356: The Nigerian dwarf goats at Brookfield Zoo were treated to green-colored shamrock-shaped nutritious goodies today on St. Patrick’s Day.
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


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