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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
March 17, 2022
 
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Animals at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Treats
 

Brookfield, Ill.—On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone celebrates, including the animals at Brookfield Zoo!  Staff prepared shamrock-shaped and green-themed nutritious treats for the animals to enjoy.

Norman, a 7-year-old Cape porcupine, and the western lowland gorillas received shamrock-shaped treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin. The gorillas bedding, which is wood wool, was festively dyed green in celebration of the holiday. The grey seals and bottlenose dolphins received St. Patrick’s Day treats made of gelatin, ice, and green-dyed squid. And, Hudson, one of the zoo’s polar bears, seemed to enjoy clawing and gnawing through a green block of ice to get at meat bones and fish that were frozen inside.

The Animal Care and Programs staff is always creating different opportunities 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 Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
2373: Norman, a 7-year-old Cape porcupine at Brookfield Zoo, was treated to shamrock-shaped nutritious treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
 
2529: Celia, one of Brookfield Zoo’s grey seals, has the luck of the Irish with a frozen treat of coins at the end of a rainbow she received in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
 
2562: Peanut, a grey seal at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy her St. Patrick’s Day treat of frozen ice and gelatin along with green dyed squid.
 
2588: Zachary, a western lowland gorilla at Brookfield Zoo, takes a bite out of a shamrock-shaped treat made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
 
2603: Binti Jua, a western lowland gorilla at Brookfield Zoo, who also celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, seems to be enjoying a shamrock-shaped treat made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin.
 
2660: The western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo, including Kamba, all seemed to enjoy their St. Patrick’s Day shamrock-shaped treats they received from the animal care staff.
 
2890 and 2925: Hudson, a polar bear at Brookfield Zoo, clawed and gnawed through a green block of ice to get at meat bones and fish that were frozen inside in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
 
3381 and 7974: Noelani, a bottlenose dolphin at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day shamrock-shaped treats.


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 CZS.org.
 
 

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