News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
November 21, 2022
NOTE: Scroll down to end of press release to download photos of some of the animals that will benefit from contributions made to Brookfield Zoo on November 29.

Remember Brookfield Zoo on Giving Tuesday—November 29

Brookfield, Ill. — The holiday season is all about giving back. On November 29, which is Giving Tuesday, the Chicago Zoological Society hopes everyone will consider making a charitable gift to Brookfield Zoo on that day.

It costs about $41,000 a day to provide for the zoo’s more than 2,500 animals, including purchasing and preparing food, quality testing of food, daily habitat cleaning, training to assist in daily care, and veterinary care. Those who make a donation to Brookfield Zoo will be helping the world-class institution’s continuing efforts to take a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world.

In addition to making a difference for the animals at Brookfield Zoo, contributors will have the chance to win exciting prizes. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST, a winner will be selected at random from the pool of donors who contributed at least $10 during each specific hour. Prizes being given away are:

  • - 9-10 a.m.—a set of Mold-A-Rama holiday figures

  • - 10-11 a.m.—a Penguin Encounter for four people

  • - 11 a.m.-12 p.m.—a Penguin Feeding Adventure for two people

  • - 12-1 p.m.—meet a program animal experience for four people

  • - 1-2 p.m.—two complimentary VIP tickets to HOWL (the Chicago Zoological Society’s Associates’ annual
       Helping Our Wildlife—an evening of music, food, and small bites

  • - 2-3 p.m.—an Animal Adoption and Animal Care staff chat

  • - 3-4 p.m.—a pair of animal paintings and bios of the artists

  • - 4-5 p.m.—two complimentary tickets to the annual Wines in the Wild hosted by the Chicago Zoological
       Society’s Women’s Board

Donors can give as often as they like, but entries will reset with each hour. All donations are welcome, but only those who give $10 or more will be included in the hourly drawings. Winners will be notified privately as well as on the zoo’s social media channels. Brookfield Zoo experience prizes do not include transportation to or from the zoo or accommodations.

For more information, visit

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Photos (credit CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
1926: Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo's Living Coast
4750: Whirl, one of Brookfield Zoo's Amur tigers
6845: Blanding's turtle
9139: Orangutan at Brookfield Zoo's Tropic World: Asia habitat
9306: Hope, one of Brookfield Zoo's polar bears
About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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