Zoo Chats

Zoo Chats  

Brookfield Zoo volunteers and staff are talking about their favorite topic: animals! All day. Every day. Also, look for docents roving throughout the park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Every Day/Todos los días

Animal Training  → Hamill Family Play Zoo*  @10:30 a.m.


Penguin Feeding → The Living Coast  @10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.


Animal Ambassadors → South Side of Roosevelt Fountain @10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.


Armadillos → Hamill Family Play Zoo: Backyard* @11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.


Australian Animals → Australia @11:30 a.m. (Except Tues. & Thurs.)


Bears → Great Bear Wilderness (Outside) @11:30 a.m.


Crocodiles → The Swamp @12:00 p.m.


Tropical Bird Feeding → Feathers and Scales @ 12:00 p.m.


Seals or Sea Lions → Pinniped Point @ 12:15 p.m.


Monkey Feeding → Tropic World: South America @ 12:30 p.m.


Gorilla Feeding → Tropic World: Africa @ 12:45 p.m.


Reptiles or Invertebrates → Hamill Family Play Zoo: Herp Homes* @ 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.


African Painted Dogs → Habitat Africa! The Savannah @ 2:15 p.m.


Butterflies → Butterflies! Habitat (Outside) @ 2:30 p.m.


Lemurs → Hamill Family Play Zoo: Lemur Leap* @ 2:30 p.m.


Camels → Hoofed Animals @ 3:00 p.m.


Rhinos → Pachyderms (Outside) @ 3:15 p.m.


Reptiles → Feathers and Scales @ 3:30 p.m.


Reptiles → Hamill Family Wild Encounters* @ 3:30 p.m.


Pangolin → Habitat Africa! The Forest @ 4:00 p.m.


Pelican Feeding → Formal Pool @ 4:00 p.m.


Pygmy Loris Feeding → Tropic World: Asia @ 4:00 p.m.



Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

Rain-Forest Animals → Clouded Leopard Rain Forest @ 10:30 a.m. Sun.


Sloth Bears or Big Cats → Big Cats @ 11:00 a.m. Sat., Sun.


Ladybugs → Hamill Family Play Zoo: Backyard* @ 2:45 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun.


Desert Animals → Desert’s Edge @ 3:00 p.m. Sat.


Rhinos → Pachyderms (Outside) @ 5:30 p.m. Fri., Sat.


*Entrance fee required. Some Zoo Chats may be canceled due to inclement weather or animal needs.

Zoo Chats Schedule (PDF)

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