Media Advisory

January 31, 2012

Contact : Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Brookfield Zoo will be Crawling with XTREME BUGS
Summer’s Creepiest, Crawliest, Coolest Exhibit Features Giant Animatronics and Real Bugs

Experience the invasion of XTREME BUGS, presented by Dominick’s, at Brookfield Zoo’s summer-long temporary exhibit of epic proportion that will feature everything from Xtra-large animatronic bugs, including a 16-foot-high by 33-foot-long Japanese Hornet displayed in the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, to Xtra-small live insects.

Beginning Saturday, May 19, zoogoers will be able to walk along a winding trail and view 22 state-of-the-art gigantic animatronic bugs from a fluttering Monarch butterfly and ladybug to a praying mantis and giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. In addition there will be more than 150 stationary insects, which will be part of six themed scenes, including bees pollinating, spiders hunting, ants feasting upon a scorpion, and cicadas hatching.

Guests can also see live creepy crawlies in Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World! presented by Terminix. The exhibit will allow guests to journey through the habitats of some of the smallest—yet most important—critters. The interactive habitats feature several ecosystems such as a cropland, forest, meadow, and swamp as well as a life-size house to show how insects impact their surroundings, the environment, and human lives.

Xciting activities, including bug cooking demonstrations, cockroach races, a spider web climber, and other bug-themed entertainment is planned for guests throughout the summer.

Saturday, May 19, through Friday, September 7

Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. - Brookfield, Ill. 60513

XTREME BUGS is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors over 65 (half price for Brookfield Zoo members) in addition to regular zoo admission of $15 for adults, $10.50 for children and seniors over 65. Children 2 and under are free.

Sondra Katzen, (708) 688-8351 or (708) 903-2071