News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 19, 2021                                     
NOTE: B-roll of the gorillas at Brookfield Zoo enjoying their popcorn: (credit: Lynette Kleisner/Chicago Zoological Society)
Brookfield Zoo’s Gorillas Celebrate National Popcorn Day

Brookfield, Ill.  – Today, January 19, is National Popcorn Day, and this week in celebration of the popular snack food, the low-fat treat rained upon the western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo. Animal care staff air-popped the popular snack, and released it from timed feeders that are located in the Tropic World: Africa habitat.

The timed feeders, which are part of the zoo’s enrichment program, allow various food items, including popcorn, to be released at random times during the day, encouraging the animals to forage.

Brookfield Zoo is temporarily closed to guests through the end of February, with plans to reopen on March 1. To stay connected to the animals, the public can tune in to the zoo’s “Bringing the Zoo to You” Facebook Live chats on weekdays at 11:00 a.m. CT.

As a non-profit, Brookfield Zoo relies on ticket sales, donations, annual memberships, fundraising events, philanthropic gifts, and support from its community partners. While the zoo is temporarily closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, animal care specialists continue to ensure the health and welfare of the animals. Those considering donating to help keep the zoo’s operations running during this time, can do so at

#      #      #
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


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


Center for the Science of Animal Welfare

Read about our innovative practices in animal welfare to ensure the ultimate care of our individual animals.

Classes and Camps

Center for Conservation Leadership

We place a high priority on developing and supporting conservation leaders of all ages and backgrounds.


Visit Brookfield Zoo

Create extraordinary connections with animals and nature!

Animal Welfare

You Can Help!

Become our partner in caring for animals and in connecting people with wildlife and nature.