December 13, 2010

Przewalski Horses are Back at Brookfield Zoo

It has been nearly a decade since Przewalski’s horses (pronounced shuh-VAHL-skeez) resided at Brookfield Zoo. That changed this fall when three mares arrived at the zoo from National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. Guests can now see Olivia, 21, April, 20, and May, 20, on exhibit in a newly refurbished habitat along 31st Street, on the zoo’s north side. Przewalski’s horses, which were exhibited consistently at Brookfield Zoo between 1955 and 2001, are named after Colonel Nikolai Przewalksi, the first Western scientist to observe the species and to describe the horses in writing in 1878.  more...

November 17, 2010

2010 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Lions, polar bears, orangutans, white pelicans, and giraffes were the subjects of more than 320 photos that were submitted in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2010 Photo Contest. A panel of professional photographers judged the photos, from which they selected a grand prize winner and first-, second, and third-place winners in an adult and child category. The winning photos are on display in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center lobby through the end of the year.  more...

November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Feast for the Animals at Brookfield Zoo

Before you settle settle down for your own Thanksgiving Day meal on Thursday, November 25, you can head to Brookfield Zoo and join zookeepers in serving a Thanksgiving Day feast to some of the animals.  more...

October 13, 2010

Oral Hygiene Highlighted with Seals and Sea Lions

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Even though the association’s focus is on promoting good oral hygiene in humans, animals need to have healthy teeth, too. That is why three times a week the Animal Care staff at Brookfield Zoo makes brushing the teeth of the seals and sea lions a part of the animals’ preventive health care.  more...

October 11, 2010

Record-setting Dolphin Study Receives National Award

A record-setting dolphin study by the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium has received a national award just in time for its 40th anniversary this month. The joint program earned top honors in the 2010 North American Conservation Award category from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  more...

September 29, 2010

CZS Staff Taking Part in Polar Bears International Leadership Camp

Chicago Zoological Society staff Agnes Kovacs, manager of school groups and teacher programs, and Steve Pine, communications manager, will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in early October for a week-long Communicators Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), a conservation group.  more...

September 27, 2010

Bear Awareness Weekend at Brookfield Zoo

Bear lovers of all ages will 'bear-ly' be able to contain their excitement at Brookfield Zoo’s Bear Awareness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. The celebration takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit and will feature activities highlighting the zoo’s grizzly bears and brown bears.  more...

September 17, 2010

New Ways for Climate Change Education

Seeking new ways to help people understand the impact of climate change, the National Science Foundation program on Climate Change Education has awarded a $1 million grant to the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo.  more...

August 31, 2010

Orphaned Sea Lion Pups Find Home at Brookfield Zoo

Two orphaned California sea lion pups have a new home at the zoo. They are currently off exhibit and getting acclimated to their new surroundings and the zoo’s other sea lions and learning how to swim before they venture out into the bigger pools at the Pinniped Point exhibit. Staff estimate it will be several more weeks before they will be able to have access to the outdoor pools. The two unnamed female pups, born on June 7 and June 10, were abandoned by their moms at a popular tourist attraction—Pier 39 in San Francisco—which is a highly unusual place for a California sea lion to give birth.  more...

August 24, 2010

Rescued Pelicans from Gulf Oil Spill Released at Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Programs staff released five American white pelicans at Brookfield Zoo’s Formal Pool on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. The birds were rescued from the Gulf Coast as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  more...

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