The Swamp

The Swamp

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ANIMALS

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Little Blue Heron

North American River Otter

  • Alligator Snapping Turtle
  • Little Blue Heron
  • North American River Otter

Cypress trees emerge as the mist disappears. Perched on the remains of a wooden boat, a snowy egret shows off its lacy plumes. Nearby, snakes and other swamp creatures are at home among the logs and green undergrowth. Sunlight streams in from overhead, illuminating the storks and other water birds. Many of these animals were injured in the wild and are now well cared for by Brookfield Zoo’s keepers.

Orinoco crocodiles can be seen as you head toward the old sawmill. Along the way, enjoy the sights and sounds of the people whose lives depend on healthy swamps.

Visit some Illinois species too, like owls, possums, spiders, a huge alligator snapping turtle, and a frisky group of otters. All of these animals—and you—need healthy wetlands, which manage floodwaters, filter pollutants, and offer spots for fishing and birdwatching.


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