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Training for a Big Day: Brookfield Zoo’s Work With the Guam Kingfisher

The Brookfield Zoo is home to the largest population of Guam kingfishers in the world and has participated in the Guam kingfisher breeding program since 1988. You might be asking what is a Guam kingfisher, and why is this important? Let’s find out.

posted 3/24/2020 10:47:15 AM |

Brookfield Zoo Brings The Zoo To You With Facebook Live Chats

While the Chicago Zoological Society recently decided to close it's doors to the public based on developments around COVID-19, that doesn't mean Brookfield Zoo stops being a zoo. And if you can't come to the zoo, the zoo is ready to come to you. Brookfield Zoo is hosting Bring The Zoo To You live chats on our Facebook page every weekday.

posted 3/19/2020 8:47:23 PM |

Brookfield Zoo Health & Safety Update

The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and animals is of paramount importance. We have assembled an internal team who is monitoring official government health department information and updates daily to keep abreast of the latest information and are responding as appropriate.

posted 3/12/2020 11:44:34 AM |

Hamill Family Wild Encounters: A Sensory Experience

People choose to protect what they care about. When it comes to preserving species, it is incredibly important to help others form a positive connection to wildlife and nature. This connection can manifest in many forms and it often starts by having a personal experience with an animal.

posted 3/9/2020 12:19:08 PM |

Places to Eat Near Brookfield Zoo

So you’ve spent the whole day at Brookfield Zoo. You got here when the gates opened, saw all the attractions, visited all the exhibits, spent time with your favorite animal, and even enjoyed your favorite zoo specialty dish or snack. Now, it’s the end of the day and all the walking, learning, and excitement has worked up your appetite! Lucky for you, there are lots of options for places to eat near Brookfield Zoo.

posted 3/9/2020 11:11:43 AM |

Be a Pangolin Protector for World Pangolin Day

As World Pangolin Day approaches and these vulnerable animals are being discussed in the news, Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo wanted to share some important information about pangolins and how you can help them as they face extinction.

posted 2/13/2020 3:33:09 PM |

Can You Find Every Bird in Brookfield Zoo?

Are you up for a challenge this winter? Are you an experienced birder, passive birder, or just looking for something to do on a cold day?  The Brookfield Zoo has developed a birding checklist for you to try to identify as many of the species that live in our indoor habitats as possible during your next visit.

posted 2/3/2020 1:40:58 PM |

African Painted Dog Pups Born at Brookfield Zoo

It's an exciting time here at Brookfield Zoo as we announce the arrival of seven African painted dogs that were born on January 13. Currently, the puppies are behind the scenes bonding with first-time mom Ngala (pronounced EN-galla). The puppies will have access to their outdoor habitat around mid-spring.

posted 1/31/2020 2:36:02 PM |

Brookfield Zoo Welcomes Two New Gray Seal Pups

Next time you visit Pinniped Point, don't be surprised if you see double. Two gray seals were recently born at Brookfield Zoo! The female pups are currently behind the scenes bonding with their mothers, Lily and Tasha, and are practicing their swimming skills in a pool specially designed for the newborns. They'll make their public debut soon but in the meantime we've got lots of cute photos and videos to share...

posted 1/24/2020 2:29:31 PM |

Brookfield Zoo Is Raising Money for the Australian Bushfire Crisis

The Chicago Zoological Society's mission is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. We can see no greater call to action than responding to what is happening in Australia right now.

posted 1/15/2020 12:02:39 PM |

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CZS & Brookfield Zoo

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Learn more about the animals, people, and research that make up CZS here at our blog.


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