Center for the Science of Animal Welfare
The Science of Animal Care
One of the exciting new challenges in enhancing high-level animal care in zoos is applying a broad range of sciences to evaluate animal well-being. The Chicago Zoological Society has addressed this challenge by establishing the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare (CSAW), a program designed to advance the science of “animal-directed” care at Brookfield Zoo.
With CSAW, the Society is expanding the field through innovation— combining scientific study and animal husbandry to develop the best possible management practices.This is leading to a suite of tools to evaluate animal well being from an animal-centric perspective, and building on the existing programs that CZS has established, such as.
The Center uses both basic and applied research, with the integrated approach allowing scientists and researchers to better understand and accurately read the behavioral indicators directly associated with our animal management practices.
The fundamental elements of the Center include:
A Team Approach—CZS engages in significant collaboration among the scientists and husbandry management staff at Brookfield Zoo, as well as with scientists at other zoos, aquariums, museums, and universities to promote sound research for the benefit of species and the care of individual animals.
Respect and Compassion—CZS ensures that every aspect of Brookfield Zoo’s operations respects, protects, and promotes the well-being of all of the animals in our care.
Centers of Excellence
Orangutan programs and other animal care at Brookfield Zoo are part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Welfare, a leader in advancing animal care through its innovative approaches to animal management. Through research, study, and collaboration with international experts, the Society is able to contribute to the high quality of care that animals receive in zoos and aquariums around the world.
Money raised through the Conservation Fund goes toward the Chicago Zoological Society's conservation research and education efforts at Brookfield Zoo and around the world providing funding for the Centers of Excellence and the following conservation organizations:
The National Elephant Center
Elephants for Africa
Polar Bears International
American Prairie Foundation
Vital Ground Foundation
Turtle Survival Alliance
Alliance for Marine Mammals
AZA Science Posters
Sarasota Dolphin Research
Punta San Juan -
Field research & Education
CZS Youth Volunteer Corps
CZS Center for the Science of
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