What Is Zoo Accreditation and Why Is it Important?

One thing that most visitors arriving at Brookfield Zoo may not know is that the zoo is accredited by several professional organizations. Receiving accreditation means the zoo has been evaluated independently by the accrediting organization and has met or exceeded standards.

posted 8/21/2021 11:48:31 AM |

Feathered Tales: Bird Furniture

In last month’s Feathered Tales blog, we talked about how birds were paired for their respective breeding seasons. Now that the feathered couples are moved in together, it’s time to talk about what sort of “furniture” makes their habitat a “home.”

posted 8/18/2021 11:07:37 AM |

Keeping Cool with Polar Bear Science

It’s August and we’re officially in the hottest part of the year, which means the cicadas are buzzing and a dip in the lake is looking more and more tempting. Observing polar bear behavior, the summer months mean we are frequently asked the same question: aren’t the animals too hot? 

posted 8/12/2021 11:14:01 AM |

Why Is Tropic World: Africa Currently Closed?

The Western lowland gorilla troop have always been a fan favorite here at Brookfield Zoo. However, you may have noticed that, at this time, Tropic World: Africa is closed. But why can’t guests see the gorillas right now? That’s a great question.

posted 8/3/2021 10:42:32 AM |

Meet Dr. Randy Wells & Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, one of CZS's renowned conservation programs, began in 1970 with Co-Founders Blair Irvine and Randall Wells. After more than 50 years, the SDRP is the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.

posted 7/28/2021 11:50:12 AM |

Get to Know Rae Rae & Kristina, Our Bactrian Camels

You know them, you love them, but let’s dig a bit deeper into the lives of Rae Rae and Kristina, Brookfield Zoo’s two Bactrian camels. In today’s blog, we will learn more from those who work closely with Rae Rae and Kristina and how you can help to support them!

posted 7/19/2021 12:46:39 PM |

Feathered Tales: Finding a Partner

Welcome back to Feathered Tales, the blog series where we follow along with the day-to-day lives of our bird friends here at Brookfield Zoo. Birds move around for any number of reasons, but this month we’ll be discussing one of the most important reasons for an introduction: finding a partner.

posted 7/13/2021 11:50:10 AM |

Feathered Tales: Settling Into a New Home

Welcome to Feathered Tales! In this monthly blog, we explore the day-to-day lives of the wonderful birds that live here at Brookfield Zoo. Last month, we saw how bird individuals are suited up with individual ‘bling’ to set them apart from the crowd. Now, we take the big plunge, and talk about the all-important first few days in a new and exciting place!

posted 7/8/2021 10:57:15 AM |

Feathered Tales: Bling for the Birds

Welcome to Feathered Tales! This series of monthly blog posts explore the day-to-day lives of the wonderful birds that live here at Brookfield Zoo. This month, we explore an important step that every bird at the zoo goes through before they join their new home: getting set up with a ‘nametag’ to set them apart from the rest.

posted 5/12/2021 1:48:27 PM |

Meet the Newest CZS Behavioral Research Assistant

If you’ve been lucky enough to get out to the Zoo to see Hope and Hudson, our newly introduced polar bear pair, you may have noticed a lone figure watching the bears with a beeping iPad. That lone figure would be me – my name’s Julia and I’m the new behavioral research assistant at Brookfield Zoo!

posted 5/6/2021 11:26:50 AM |

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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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