News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 24, 2021
 NOTE: Download photos of the lemurs at the end of the press release.

Brookfield Zoo’s Ring-tailed Lemurs Enjoy Their Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Brookfield, Ill. —Today, November 24, Brookfield Zoo hosted a special Facebook Live chat featuring the ring-tailed lemurs’ 8th annual Thanksgiving feast. Those who missed it, can watch it on the zoo’s Facebook page.

The lemurs—Ramses, Dogwood, and Butch—were treated to a festive meal with all the trimmings as well as a football game—a tradition for some to watch on Thanksgiving Day—on a TV screen that staff created.
Animal care staff prepared the nutritious menu that included a turkey made of primate biscuits with honey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce made of sugar free gelatin and dried cranberries, steamed corn and green beans, and a pumpkin-sweet potato pie with a primate biscuit crust topped with popcorn to serve as whipped cream.

Many families make a visit to Brookfield Zoo on Thanksgiving Day a tradition. Guests can visit the lemurs as well as their other favorite animals on November 25. Admission to the zoo is free on Thanksgiving Day (a parking fee still applies).
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Photo Captions--credit Lynette Kleisner/CZS-Brookfield Zoo
1875, 1878, 1879, 1881, 1888, 1891, and 1897: The ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo seemed to enjoy their 8th annual nutritious Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings prepared by the animal care staff. The public was able to watch it during a Facebook Live chat today, November 24.
1912: One of Brookfield Zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs seems to be waiting in anticipation for a football game to start. The TV monitor was created by staff to add to the ambience at the lemurs’ 8th annual Thanksgiving feast.

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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