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 Ambassadors→ South Mall @ 10:30 a.m.


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


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


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


Animal Training→ Hamill Family Play Zoo* @ 11:30 a.m.


Australian Animals→ Australia @ 11:30 a.m. (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)


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


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


Crocodiles→ The Swamp @ 12:00 p.m.


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


Pangolin→ Habitat Africa! The Forest @ 12:15 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.


Tamandua→ Hamill Family Play Zoo* @ 1:30 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! (Outside) @ 2:30 p.m.


Interactive Feeding/Chat→ Hamill Family Wild Encounters* @ 2:30 p.m.


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


Camels→ Hoofed Animals @ 3:00 p.m.


Desert Animals→ Desert’s Edge @ 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.


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


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



Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

Sloth Bears or Big Cats→ Big Cats @ 11:00a.m. (Saturday and Sunday only)


Mexican Wolf Feeding→ Wolf Woods @ 11:30 a.m. (Sunday only)


Ladybugs→ Hamill Family Play Zoo: Backyard* @ 2:45 p.m.


Rhinos→ Pachyderms (Outside) @ 5:30 p.m.(Friday and Saturday only)


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

Zoo Chats Schedule (PDF)

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Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.