Brookfield Zoo Health & Safety Update

* All Brookfield Zoo Facilities Are Closed To Public Until Further Notice


Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) staff has been closely monitoring COVID-19 developments, the significant increase in reported cases, and recommendations from local, state, and federal government agencies. To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, effective Thursday, March 19, Brookfield Zoo will close all of its facilities, both grounds and buildings, to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to monitor and evaluate developments on a daily basis in order to establish an appropriate date for reopening the zoo’s facilities to the public.

During Brookfield Zoo’s closure, essential animal care specialists and veterinary staff will continue providing the animals with the same high-level of care. In addition, a small crew of the zoo’s plant and facilities staff will be on-site to service buildings and equipment. All other staff is being asked to work remotely at this time.


“The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and animals is of paramount importance. We have been extremely diligent in communicating to staff the most recent updates from health officials, increased the strength of disinfectants used within the park to hospital grade, posted signage reminding guests and staff of proper hygiene and social distancing, suspended staff travel, and instructed employees to stay home if they were not feeling well. As the situation has progressed, we have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.”


As a non-profit, Brookfield Zoo relies on ticket sales, donations, annual memberships, fundraising events, philanthropic gifts and support from our community partners. Here are some ways you can help support us during this temporary closure when many of those resources are unavailable.

* Consider making a donation that will immediately support our animal care and welfare programs, as well as, other critical operations of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Your contribution is so important and will be used in the area of greatest need at the zoo during this uncharted and challenging time.

* Link your Amazon account to Brookfield Zoo via the AmazonSmile program. For every eligible purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.05% to us.

* Watch our "Bring The Zoo To You" Facebook Live chats and share them on your social media channels to raise awareness about all the work we do here.


Since Brookfield Zoo is temporarily closed, will you extend my membership?

Yes. We will add time to the end of your current membership or to your new membership purchase/renewal. The amount of time is currently unknown, but will correspond with the length of our temporary closure. For current memberships, we will communicate, later, how the additional time will be accommodated. For newly joined or recently renewed memberships, the time will automatically be added to your membership. If you wish to donate your closure extension back to the zoo, click here.

When can I expect my new membership material to arrive?

For the safety of our staff, we have temporarily closed our offices. As such, there will be a delay in processing of your membership purchase. As soon as we reopen, we will promptly resume membership processing.

I'd like to join or renew my current membership.

Thank you! Your support is more important to us than ever! Please click here to purchase a Brookfield Zoo membership. As stated above, we will automatically add time to your membership to accommodate for our temporary closure. We look forward to processing your membership as soon as we return to our offices.

I have a question about my current membership.

Feel free to email us at and we will do our best to respond as soon as we are able.