Brookfield Zoo Rocks (Literally)!


Last week, nearly 60 small rocks with animals, flowers, and encouraging messages painted on them appeared at Brookfield Zoo. Some of the rocks were noticed near doorways to staff entrances at animal buildings. Others were seen along the zoo’s service road near entrances to the greenhouse, the Animal Hospital, and the Plant and Facilities and Powerhouse buildings. One was even spotted by the viewing window of the African lions’ outdoor habitat.


The person who painted and placed the rocks did it to hopefully put a smile on the faces of co-workers. The idea came about when the mystery “rocker” felt a little uplifted after noticing painted rocks in a neighborhood while on a walk.


Although Brookfield Zoo is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the zoo would love to spread the cheer and is encouraging kids and families to paint their own rocks at home. Post pictures of them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #BrookfieldZooRocks.


Photos can also be messaged to the zoo via, or

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Posted: 5/29/2020 10:45:06 AM by Sean Keeley

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