News Release

January 10, 2012

Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Spring-like Weather Brings out Animals and People at Brookfield Zoo

     Brookfield, Ill.—With the weather in the Chicago area feeling more like spring, the giraffes at Brookfield Zoo were given access to their outdoor habitat today. The herd includes Mithra, a 21-year-old female; Franny, a 20-year-old female and her 5-year-old daughter, Arnieta; Jasiri, a 6-year-old female; and Hasani, a 3-year-old male.

At first the giraffes peeked outside and then came out and stretched their legs running around for a few moments. Afterwards, they began eating their hay and just seemed to enjoy the spring weather and being outdoors just like the zoo guests.

Normally the giraffes would be indoors this time of year as the outdoor temperatures need to be around 45-50°F for them to have access outside. Due to the warm weather, other animals that were given able to enjoy the spring-like weather today included the okapi, black rhinos, addax, and red river hogs.

During January and February, Brookfield Zoo admission is free to guests on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (a parking fee still applies).