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Meet CZS’s New Behavioral Research Assistant

Meet Maggie Ramont, our newest member of our animal behavior and welfare research team, and learn more about her past experience at Brookfield Zoo and other global institutions, as well as what inspired her passion for conservation. 

posted 7/14/2022 12:17:01 PM



Promoting Affiliative Social Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins

The Cetacean Welfare Study was the largest ever multi-institutional study on the welfare of cetaceans. The study was conducted at 43 accredited facilities in seven countries. Given the importance of social behavior to bottlenose dolphins this was one of the main behaviors of focus for the large study.

posted 7/11/2022 1:53:43 PM



The Cetacean Welfare Study

The Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare promotes a unique, holistic, science-based approach to integrating professionals from a variety of disciplines including behavioral research, endocrinology, population biology, and veterinary science, with the goal of assessing and optimizing welfare from an animal-centric perspective. CZS just recently completed the Cetacean Welfare Study which highlights an excellent example of this process.

posted 12/10/2021 12:40:51 PM



Behavioral Diversity as an Indicator of Good Welfare

Behavioral diversity—a concept borrowed from ecology—suggests that when an animal in a managed setting (e.g. zoo, farm, sanctuary) expresses a diverse repertoire of species-typical behaviors, they are presumed to have good welfare.

posted 10/28/2021 10:25:50 AM



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



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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