News Release
 
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
November 23, 2022
 
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Ring-tailed Lemurs at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy 9th Annual Thanksgiving Feast
 

Brookfield, Ill. — The annual tradition of Brookfield Zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs receiving an early Thanksgiving feast took place today, November 23. Now, in its ninth year, the animal care staff prepared the meal for the primates that featured all the trimmings laid out on a fall-themed table setting.

This year, the menu for the lemurs—15-year-old Moses and 12-year-old Skinner—included “turkey legs” made of nutritious primate biscuits, mini sweet potato pies, cranberries, carrots, a green bean casserole, corn on the cob, side salad, and grape juice.

An addition to the scene were a couch and recliner, crafted by the zoo’s creative Hamill Family Play Zoo staff, to signify nap times often follow the Thanksgiving meal. However, no one witnessed the lemurs resting afterwards.

Before families and friends enjoy their own Thanksgiving Day meal, they can venture over to Brookfield Zoo on November 24. Admission to the zoo is free on Thanksgiving Day (a parking fee still applies). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit CZS.org.

 
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Photo Captions (credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
3749 and 3752: Brookfield Zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs—Skinner (left) and Moses—were treated to an early Thanksgiving feast that featured all the trimmings. This annual tradition, now in its ninth year, takes place the day before the holiday.
 
3792, 3801, and 3807: Skinner, a 12-year-old ring-tailed lemur at Brookfield Zoo, was treated to an early Thanksgiving feast. The menu, prepared by the animal care staff, featured “turkey legs” made of nutritious primate biscuits, mini sweet potato pies, cranberries, carrots, a green bean casserole, corn on the cob, side salad, and grape juice.
 
3817: Moses, a 15-year-old ring-tailed lemur at Brookfield Zoo, enjoying a Thanksgiving feast prepared by the animal care staff. The annual tradition, now in its ninth year, features all the trimmings, including “turkey legs” made of nutritious primate biscuits, mini sweet potato pies, cranberries, carrots, a green bean casserole, corn on the cob, side salad, and grape juice.

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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Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071
E-mail: Sondra.Katzen@CZS.org

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