News Stories

  • November 07, 2014

    Three Dolphins Are Expecting at Brookfield Zoo

    The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, is pleased to announce that three bottlenose dolphins in its care are pregnant. Allie, 27; Noelani, 11; and Allison, 9, are due to give birth this fall and winter.  more...

  • October 30, 2014

    Animals at Brookfield Zoo Enjoy a Halloween Treat

    Some animals at Brookfield Zoo were treated to some Halloween treats—pumpkins. The polar bears, grizzly bears, western lowland gorillas, sloth bears, and pygmy hippo seemed to thoroughly enjoy their treats.  more...

  • October 22, 2014

    Dolphin Calves Celebrate First Birthdays at Brookfield Zoo

    The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is celebrating two special birthdays. Merlin and Magic— dolphins born on October 16 and 28, respectively—are reaching an important milestone by turning one year old.  more...

  • October 02, 2014

    CZS Announces Recipients of 2014 Conservation Leadership Awards

    At its 2014 Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) honored three recipients for their dedicated commitment to conservation and animal welfare.  more...

  • September 05, 2014

    CZS' Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Spearheads Rescue of Dolphin Calf in the Wild

    An 11-month-old female bottlenose dolphin calf is swimming free of fishing gear that could have severed her tail. This week, the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), in collaboration with nine other organizations, mounted a life-saving rescue in Little Marco Pass in Collier County, Florida.  more...

  • August 25, 2014

    Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf from Brookfield Zoo Is Released into the Wild

    A female Mexican gray wolf from Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, has been released into the wild. The wolf, F1126 (known as Ernesta at Brookfield Zoo), her mate M1051, and four of her pups—together named the Coronado pack—were released into the Gila Wilderness Area in New Mexico on July 22. The Society’s participation in this recovery program demonstrates its commitment to helping increase the Mexican gray wolf population in the wild, as well as to raising awareness about an iconic North American species that was on the brink of going extinct.  more...

  • June 25, 2014

    Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon Born at Brookfield Zoo

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is happy to announce the birth of a male white-cheeked gibbon on June 9. The infant is the third male born to Indah, 25, in the last five years. Currently, the entire gibbon family—including mom; her new baby; Benny, 29, the dad; and the baby’s two brothers Thani, 5; and Cuong, 2½—can all be seen in the zoo’s Tropic World: Asia exhibit between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. As the baby gets older, the hours will be extended.  more...

  • June 19, 2014

    Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge

    Mayor Emanuel kicked off the annual Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge today at Chicago Public Library’s Douglass Branch. Rahm’s Readers is designed to encourage more kids to participate and provide additional activities as opportunities for kids to grow and learn, serving as a cornerstone of the city-wide Summer of Learning initiative. Last year, over 71,000 of Chicago’s kids read over 2.1 million books totaling 56 million minutes of reading over last summer.  more...

  • June 15, 2014

    Enjoy Hot Music and Cool Evenings at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights

    This summer, guests can enjoy the cooler evening weather while chilling out Friday and Saturday nights at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights. Enjoy a wide variety of live music and entertainment, and choose from an assortment of food and refreshment options while relaxing and surrounded by the coolest animals and some of the most beautiful landscapes.  more...

  • June 12, 2014

    Bison Calves Born at Brookfield Zoo

    The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is happy to announce the recent births of two bison calves: a male calf born to Leotie, 5, on May 31 and a female born to Lucy, 5, on June 6. Ron, 14, is the sire of both calves.  more...

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 31

    Zoo Year's Eve

    Calling all Party Animals! Ring in the new year at Brookfield Zoo's Zoo Year's Eve celebration!  more...

  • Sundays: December 7, 14, and 21

    Brunch (or Dinner) with Santa

    Enjoy an all-you-can eat brunch or dinner buffet and be entertained by costumed characters and Mr. & Mrs. Claus.  more...

  • Sábados y domingos, 6-7, 13-14 y 20-21 de diciembre y desde el 26 al 31 de diciembre

    Holiday Magic: Días festivos

    Regresa a Brookfield Zoo para tu tradición familiar favorita, con más de un millón de lucecitas brillantes, música festiva, tus antojitos favoritos y mucho más.  more...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21

    Breakfast with Santa

    Enjoy a child-friendly buffet, holiday music and costumed characters. Santa will join you for family photos.  more...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31

    Holiday Magic

    Chicagoland's Largest Holiday Lights Festival. See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition.  more...

  • Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23

    Corporate Tree Trim

    Would your corporate group like to be a part of Holiday Magic? Take part in Brookfield Zoo's Tree Trim program!  more...

  • Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23

    Community Tree Trim

    Do you have a community group that would like to be a part of Holiday Magic? Take part in Brookfield Zoo's Tree Trim program!  more...

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