News Release

April 18, 2013

Contact : Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Brookfield Zoo Closes Due to Severe Weather

     Brookfield, Ill.—Today, for only the third time in its history, Brookfield Zoo is closed due to the weather conditions.

“With the severity of this storm and flooding conditions, we feel it is the right decision to close the zoo,” said Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo. “To ensure the safety of our animals and staff, the zoo will still have staff on site who will provide basic core functions, including animal care.”

As of now, the zoo is planning to reopen tomorrow, Friday, April 19. The only other times the zoo closed was on February 2, 2011, due to a snow storm and September 14, 2008, when there was extensive damage from a weekend rainstorm.

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. 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. For further information, visit

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