Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The babies are due this summer and fall. Look through the photo gallery of the expectant moms, including the most incredible ultrasound picture you'll ever see.
Just a little more than a week after Mother’s Day, the Brookfield Zoo announced Monday it has three new moms to be. Dolphins Allie, Tapeko and Spree are expected to give birth during the summer and fall, according to a zoo release. “Allie, Tapeko, and Spree are all healthy and their pregnancies are progressing well,” said Jennifer Langan, associate veterinarian for the Chicago Zoological Society. Like us on Facebook! Forest Park / La Grange / Oak Park / Western Springs Allie, 26, and Tapeko, 31, are experienced mothers, having raised five babies between them, including Tapeko’s two daughters, Noelani, 9, and Allison, 7, who also live at the zoo. This will be the first baby for Spree, 10, who is at the zoo from Minnesota as part of the …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Visitors will get the chance to learn more about the cubs, and the zoo's other bears, during Bear Awareness Weekend, May 18-19.
Two sloth bear cubs—a boy and a girl—said hello to visitors for the first time Wednesday after their Jan. 20th birth at the Brookfield Zoo. The cubs are the first sloth bears to be successfully born at the zoo, according to a press release. The baby boy and girl each weighed less than a pound at birth but at 3-and-a-half months old they now weigh about 10-20 pounds. Sloth bears make notable moms because they carry their cubs on their backs, unlike most bear species. This pair’s mom, Hani, is on loan from Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA. Visitors will have a chance to learn more about the sloth bear cubs, as well as grizzly and polar bears, during Bear Awareness Weekend, May 18-19. Staff will host intermittent Zoo Chats throughout the …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Some exhibits will still be closed, so the zoo is offering free general admission Saturday.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Brookfield Zoo closed for the third time in its history after flood waters submerged parts of the park.
The Brookfield Zoo will be closed Friday for the second day in a row after torrential rain flooded the park and surrounding streets. This is only the third time in the zoo’s history that it has closed, according to a release from the Chicago Zoological Society. Water surged into the Great Bear Wilderness indoor viewing area, as well as through pedestrian underpasses leading to and from the zoo. “The animals are being well cared for and are doing fine,” the release said. Key staff will still be at the zoo caring for animals and monitoring facilities. The zoo announced late Friday that it would reopen Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be free because some exhibits will remain closed. Normal hours are expected to resume on Sunday…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Animals soaked up the sun Wednesday on a breezy spring day at the Brookfield Zoo.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The special exhibit, which opens Saturday, features 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs Alive! opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 27 at the Brookfield Zoo, located at First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. Entry is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors, in addition to the regular zoo admission. Children 2 and younger are free. For more information, visit www.czs.org.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The baby monkey, born on March 9, can be seen with its mom in the Tropic World: Africa exhibit.
Angolan colobus monkey Olivia became a mama March 9 when she welcomed a baby at the Brookfield Zoo. The baby, who has not yet been named, is the first monkey of this species to be born at the zoo, according to a news release. Guests can visit mama and baby at the Tropic World: Africa exhibit. While the baby's fur is all white now, its coat will turn black and white as it matures. Olivia, 5, came to Brookfield Zoo in August 2012 with three other adult Angolan colobus monkeys from the Columbus Zoo, specifically for breeding purposes.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The FREEze Day event features a dog-sledding demonstration, K-9 comfort dogs who helped the Newtown, CT, community and a bald eagle zoo chat.
It might be cold out, but Brookfield Zoo is putting the "free" in freezing this weekend. There's free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 24, for the zoo's "FREEze Day." Love the zoo? Then write a review! The Green Valley Dog Drivers and their four-legged friends will demonstrate dog-sledding on the zoo's west mall. Members of the Lemont-based dog-sledding organization will have games and discussions the entire day. Golden retrievers are some of the happiest dogs you'll meet, and at the FREEze Day you can meet some of the most comforting dogs, too. There will be K-9 comfort dogs from Addison on hand, including those that supported communities following Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, CT, shooting tragedy. There's also a…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Local photographers can shoot away at Brookfield Zoo for the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2012 Photo Contest.
Want to shoot some big game at the Brookfield Zoo? Local photographers can win a chance to have their work displayed at the Brookfield Zoo and other great prizes by participating in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2012 Photo Contest. Just grab your camera and head to Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd. in Brookfield, start snapping away and pick your favorite shot. Photos must be submitted as an 8" x 10" print in color, or black and white. The chosen shot must feature an animal, but it doesn't necessarily have to be shot at the zoo—that squirrl in the backyard might be a winner. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 22 by 5 p.m. Photos will be judged by a panel in two age categories: Adults (ages 12 and older), and kids (ages 11 and under). …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Pepe, a 5-month-old Humboldt Penguin, is making his introduction at Brookfield Zoo's Living Coast exhibit on slow days.
Chances are good that if you've got kids, you've seen several movies with them featuring a penguin cast member. Even if you don't have kids, who doesn't like penguins? Visitors on slower days at the Brookfield Zoo are getting the chance to meet a penguin named Pepe as he strolls around at the zoo's Living Coast exhibit. Pepe is a 5-month-old Humboldt Penguin who hatched at the zoo on March 13. When the exhibit isn't too busy, zookeepers are letting Pepe out to meet with visitors who can learn facts about penguins and conservation efforts to protect this species native to Peru. The appearances are not scheduled, zoo officials said, but do occur regularly a few times each week.