Front and Center Care
When the Chicago Zoological Society opened Brookfield Zoo in 1934, care of the animals was paramount. Exhibits were designed and built to offer unique and special opportunities for people to observe the magnificent animals and also for keepers to be able to provide the best possible care for all of the creatures in their new homes. Since that time, innovations in animal care and exhibitry have changed the daily operations at Brookfield Zoo and other zoos worldwide.
Today, the Chicago Zoological Society has created a groundbreaking Center for the Science of Animal Welfare—a first for zoos in North America. The Center is dedicated to providing the best possible comprehensive care for every animal, every day at Brookfield Zoo—and at zoos and aquariums around the world.
The fundamental elements of the Center will include:
A Team Approach—CZS engages in significant collaboration among the scientists and husbandry management staff at Brookfield Zoo, as well as with scientists at other zoos, aquariums, museums, and universities to promote sound research for the benefit of species and the care of individual animals.
Modern Systems—CZS integrates internal systems, by both electronic databases and logs and the addition of a data manager to facilitate the flow of data across systems. An industry-leading group of scientists also works in collaboration with colleagues throughout the world-wide zoo community to develop collective databases that promote information sharing on individual animals and species.
Respect and Compassion—CZS ensures that every aspect of Brookfield Zoo’s operations respects, protects, and promotes the well-being of all of the animals in our care.
Training for Release Into Wild
Endangered Wolf Part of Recovery Efforts
With only 58 Mexican gray wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, a 4½-year-old female Mexican gray wolf is leaving Brookfield Zoo, which is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, to prepare to enter the wild. The release to the wild would help bolster the population of this endangered species.
As greater numbers of species are pushed to the brink of extinction, the Chicago Zoological Society continues to find innovative ways to protect threatened animals.
Behavior Research program utilizing advances in technology to enlarge studies, including how how animals’ personalities affect their reactions to different circumstances and how animals are affected by different types of environmental enrichment.
Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Lacy, a software program (PMx) has been used to facilitate virtually all cooperatively-managed zoo breeding programs around the world.
CZS is one of the few zoological organizations in the world with professional nutritionists on staff., and there are less than 20 zoo nutritionists in the United States, many of whom interned or received training at Brookfield Zoo.
Unique Animal Medicine Residency program allows veterinary students the opportunity to gain exceptional clinical training.
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