Dr. Mike's Video Blog

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at Brookfield Zoo? Join Dr. Mike Adkesson, president & CEO of Chicago Zoological Society and director of Brookfield Zoo, as he and zoo staff share an insider's view of the zoo, animal news, vet visits, and more!

Goat Kids



Wolf Pups


African Painted Dogs



Polar Bear




Reptile Exams


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Brookfield Zoo has developed many tools to assist educators in sharing information about animals, science, and caring - the things that form the basis of conservation at the zoo and in the wild. We encourage educators to use the information gathered by the zoo to share concepts about data gathering and scientific research, and to use the zoo's charismatic animals to help inspire excitement for learning. Be informed, entertained, and engaged by special classes just for teachers. Plus you can earn PDCHs and optional graduate credit through Dominican University.



The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a conservation-focused, inquiry-driven learning experience that combines web-based graduate courses through Miami University with exciting face-to-face experiential and field study at Brookfield Zoo. Students in this national degree program contribute to social and ecological change in their communities. The opportunity to earn credits from international travel is another exciting part of the program. And the best news of all – it’s affordable!