News Stories

  • 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...

  • June 11, 2014

    Celebrate the First-Ever World Giraffe Day at Brookfield Zoo

    Everyone is invited to join Potoka, one of Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, on his first birthday and celebrate the first-ever World Giraffe Day at Brookfield Zoo on the longest day of the year—Saturday, June 21. Guests will party with Potoka and learn about the threatened status of giraffes and how to help protect them and their environment.  more...

  • June 11, 2014

    Pace launches express bus service to Brookfield Zoo

    As the old saying goes, half of the fun is getting there. If that’s true, then families, seniors and other customers of new Pace express routes to Brookfield Zoo are in for a thrill this summer.  more...

  • May 20, 2014

    Top Chicago Cultural Organizations Join Fight to Stop African Elephant Slaughter

    As recent news reports link Chicago to a global smuggling network for elephant ivory that is financing terrorist organizations and causing the rapid decline of wild African elephants, three of Chicago’s top cultural organizations today announced their participation in a national campaign to stem the demand for ivory, close state and federal loopholes that allow for ivory sales and transactions in the United States, and raise consumer awareness about elephant ivory.  more...

  • May 20, 2014

    ¡Viva la Fiesta! Returns to Brookfield Zoo

    This June, guests visiting the more than 2,000 animals and enjoying the beautiful landscapes spread over 216 acres at Brookfield Zoo can add even more excitement and diversity to their trip during the zoo’s ¡Viva la Fiesta! on Saturdays and Sundays, June 7-8 and 14-15, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  more...

  • May 02, 2014

    Brookfield Zoo is celebrating May as Dolphin Month

    In celebration of our commitment to dolphins, including our two dolphin calves and our field research project in Sarasota, Fla. this month, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating May as Dolphin Month.  more...

  • April 29, 2014

    African Painted Dog Conference Aids Critically Endangered Canines

    Experts who are working from around the world to help save critically endangered African painted dogs will meet April 29 to May 2 for a conference at Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS).  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...

  • 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 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...

  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 18-19, 25-26

    Boo! at the Zoo

    Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo festival is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween!  more...

  • Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5

    Cat Awareness Weekend

    Learn about our cats, from the big ones like the lions to the small ones including sand cats.  more...

  • Sunday, September 21

    Zoo Run Run for Animal Care and Conservation Fund

    Each year, more species lose their race for survival. But the race can be won, and you can help.  more...

  • Thursday, September 10

    Fall Lecture Series 2014

    Dante Fenolio: Amphibian Conservation (September 10) Kate Evans: Living with Elephants: Conservation and Botswana (October 7) Peter Lalampaa: Conserving the Grevy's Zebra in Kenya (October 16) Dr. Gary Wolfe: Vital Ground for Grizzlies (November 4)  more...

  • Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24

    Kratt Brothers

    Welcome back Chris and Martin Kratt from their PBS show “Wild Kratts” for a two fun days of adventure as they teach children about rare wildlife behaviors.  more...

Success Stories

  • July 03, 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.  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. Bison are the symbol of the Chicago Zoological Society because they are one of the first North American conservation success stories.  more...

  • April 29, 2014

    African Painted Dog Experts Meet

    Experts who are working from around the world to help save critically endangered African painted dogs will meet April 29 to May 2 for a conference at Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS). The African painted dog is critically endangered due to habitat loss, human encroachment...  more...

  • April 02, 2014

    Penguin Chick at Brookfield Zoo

    The Humboldt penguin population in North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is increasing thanks to efforts by animal care staff at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and Milwaukee County Zoo and, more importantly, by some foster penguin parents.  more...

  • January 03, 2014

    Grey Seal Pup Born at Brookfield Zoo

    A male grey seal pup was born on New Year’s Day around 7:00 a.m., the first of its species ever born at the zoo. He and his mother, Lily, 10, will remain off exhibit for several weeks to allow them time to bond with one another. Grey seal pups are born with long white fur called lanugo (pronounced la-noo-go), which is molted in two to four weeks and replaced with shorter, stiffer hair similar to that of adults.  more...