2009 Press Releases

Dec. 22
Chicago Zoological Society Mourns Death of African Elephant
image 1: Christy African Elephant at Brookfield Zoo (horiz)
image 2: Christy African Elephant at Brookfield Zoo (vert.)

Dec. 8

Robert Buchanan and Polar Bears International Named 2010 Recipients of Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal

PBI’s Work to Be Highlighted in Brookfield Zoo’s Great Bear Wilderness

photo: Robert Buchanan--recipient of Chicago Zoological Society's 2010 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal

Nov. 23
28th Annual Holiday Magic Festival Lights Up Brookfield Zoo
Holiday Magic 2009 Schedule of Events

Photo captions:
  • Ice Carver.jpg: Guests during Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic watch a professional ice carver create frozen works of art.
  • Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo-1.jpg: The Wild Lights Spectacular light show can be seen during Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.
  • Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo-2.jpg: One million lights and theatrical lighting create a winter wonderland during Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.
  • Great Chicago Kiddie Express Train-2.jpg: Youngsters can take a ride on the Great Chicago Kiddie Express Train during Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.
  • Model Train Display.jpg: During Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic, guests can warm up indoors and view a 41-foot by 25-foot model railroad candyland-theme display that can simultaneously run up to 13 trains.
  • Zoo Year’s Eve.jpg: Kids of all ages can ring in the New Year at a special 8:00 p.m. Zoo Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 at Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.
  • Costumed Characters.jpg: Animal costumed characters greet zoogoers during Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.

Nov. 17

2009 Photo Contest  Winners Announced by Chicago Zoological Society

Images: Adult Category

Images: 11-and-under Child Category

Nov. 16

Thanksgiving Day Feast for the Animals at Brookfield Zoo

Nov. 3

Honor Veterans at Special Ceremony at Brookfield Zoo
FREE Admission to Those Who Donate an Item to Operation Stars and Stripes

  • Veterans Day image 1: The Honor Guard from the VFW Post 2580 in Midlothian will participate in a Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo on November 11, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Day image 2: The Honor Guard from the VFW Post 2580 in Midlothian will participate in a Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo on November 11, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Day image 3: Two veterans, now working at Brookfield Zoo—Glenn Granat, who was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and Chris Blackburn, who served in the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division—will be placing a memorial wreath at the fountain during a Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo on November 11, at 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 27
Brookfield Zoo Celebrates International Orangutan Awareness Weekend November 14-15

Oct. 12
South Side Youth and Families to Connect with Nature and Wildlife at Annual Eden Place Pumpkin Festival on October 17

Oct. 1
Chicago Zoological Society Hosts Annual Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo

Sept. 30
Cookie Cockatoo, Brookfield Zoo’s Oldest Resident, “Retires” in his Golden Years

Sept. 18
Creepy Sights and Dino Frights Await Guests at Brookfield Zoo’s DinoNites

Sept. 10
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Brookfield Zoo’s Fiesta para Todos

Sept. 8
Be Aware of Bears at Brookfield Zoo’s Bear Awareness Weekend, September 12-13

Sept. 2
Macy’s and Suburban Chicago Libraries Kick Off Museum Adventure Pass Program

  • Click here to download image of Representatives of Museum Adventure Pass program
Caption for image: Pictured left to right: Alice Calabrese-Berry, executive director of Metropolitan Library System; Judy Hoffman, marketing communications specialist, North Suburban Library System; Stuart Strahl, CEO and president of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo; Brad Poterack, district vice president for Macy’s; Pam Kramer, director of educational services, DuPage Library System; and Gretel Stock-Kupperman, director of member services, Metropolitan Library System.

August 31
Brookfield Zoo’s Dolphins Relocate to Minnesota during Home Makeover
Seven Seas to Reopen in spring 2010 Celebrating 50 Years of Dolphin Care

Click here to download image of Noelani, Allison, and Tapeko Dolphins with BZ trainers

August 24
Addax Antelope Born at Brookfield Zoo: Calf could help Critically Endangered Wild Population

August 20
Chicago Zoological Society Now Accepting Photo Contest Submissions

August 14
Male White-cheeked Gibbon Infant Branching Out at Brookfield Zoo

August 10
Chicago Zoological Society Welcomes New African Elephant:
Joyce Elephant Arrives Safely at Brookfield Zoo to Join Elephant Program

July 24
August 23 Zoo Tunes Features Country Music

July 24, 2009
Steak Fry Picnic Offers Down-Home Family Fun at Brookfield Zoo

July 17, 2009
Zoo Tunes Continues at Brookfield Zoo with Free Concerts on July 12

June 26, 2009
Brookfield Zoo Celebrates 75th Year by Featuring New History Book and Inviting Public to Contribute Zoo Photos to On-line Scrapbook

June 25, 2009
Cookie Cockatoo Celebrates Milestone Birthday

June 18, 2009
Brookfield Zoo Celebrates 75 Years of Wildlife Conservation

June 11, 2009
CZS Mourns Death of Affie Elephant, One of the Oldest Elephants in North America

May 15, 2009
Zoo Tunes Kicks Off June 7

May 11, 2009
Brookfield Zoo Camp at Brookfield Zoo Offers Animal Adventures for Kids

April 29, 2009
Brookfield Zoo Named 2nd Best Zoo by Parents Magazine

April 24, 2009
Party for the Planet and Kite Festival

April 21, 2009
Christopher Family Foundation Contributes $1.5 Million to CZS

April 15, 2009
Ape Awareness Weekends

April 13, 2009
After Long Battle, Miracle Dolphin Dies after being Saved Three Years Ago Chicago Zoological Society Staff Saddened by Kaylee’s Death

April 3, 2009
Chicago Zoological Society Saddened by Loss of Western Lowland Gorilla Alpha

March 27, 2009
Prideful Pair at Brookfield Zoo: First Lioness in 15 Years

March 4, 2009
Chicago Zoological Society’s Award-Winning Conservation Education Programs Highlighted at Recent Congressional Hearing

February 27, 2009
Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Joey Out and About at Brookfield Zoo

February 26, 2009
Chicago Zoological Society Staff Inspire Polar Bear Conservation

February 19, 2009
Celebrate a Swine-derful Holiday at Brookfield Zoo

February 11, 2009
Volunteer on the Wild Side at Brookfield Zoo

January 30, 2009
Join the Crew at Brookfield Zoo

January 30, 2009
2009 Calendar of Events

January 24, 2009
Dog Days of Winter at Brookfield Zoo Event features Dog Sledding Demonstrations, Games, and Special Zoo Chats

January 12, 2009
Furry Forecasters at Brookfield Zoo Take Center Stage on Groundhog Day

January 12, 2009
One of Country’s Oldest Gorillas Dies at Brookfield Zoo


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