News Release

February 21, 2012

Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Note: Images of Brookfield Zoo’s pigs and National Pig Day activities may be downloaded at

A Squealing Good Time Awaits at Brookfield Zoo’s National Pig Day Celebration

Brookfield, Ill.—Hoof on over to Brookfield Zoo for its National Pig Day celebration—a day to recognize one of the smartest barnyard animals—on Saturday, March 3.

Zoogoers will squeal with delight when Maple and Honey—Children’s Zoo’s two resident American Guinea hogs—take center stage to demonstrate some of their behaviors at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in the Big Barn. Following the morning demonstration, everyone can join in the Pig Day parade lead by the ever-popular pink Pigmobile.

The parade concludes at Hamill Family Play Zoo, where youngsters can join in a variety of pig-themed activities, including creating pig masks, enjoying mud play in the “Pig Pen”, playing “Pin the Tail on the Pig” and a scent game, as well as participating in a scavenger hunt in the Play Zoo’s backyard area. Also joining the holler-day festivities will be Kara Kesselring, Wiggleworm instructor from the Old Town School of Folk Music, who will entertain youngsters with animal-themed songs at 11:30 a.m.

While at the Play Zoo, children can also have a caricature done of themselves and receive a commemorative Pig Day photo, both courtesy of The Bright Start College Savings Program.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, National Pig Day was conceived in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley of Texas and Mary Lynne Rave of North Carolina. National Pig Day began as a way to honor and give thanks to pigs and has grown to become a national celebration of pigs’ best qualities and attributes.

In celebration of the swine-derful day, both Children’s Zoo and Hamill Family Play Zoo are free on March 3. General zoo admission is $15 for adults and $10.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.

National Pig Day is sponsored by The Bright Start College Savings Program and American Airlines.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.
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