November 02, 2012

Southern hairy-nosed wombats at Brookfield Zoo

You can see a female southern hairy-nosed baby wombat (called a joey) at Australia House. The not-yet-named joey is the fourth offspring of 12-year-old Kambora, who was born at San Diego Zoo, and the second for Wilbur, 20, who was wild-born in Australia. Although the joey was born more than eight months ago, it wasn’t until mid-September that zookeepers were able to get a good look at the youngster because, like all marsupials, wombat joeys develop in a pouch.  more...

October 26, 2012

Endangered Wolf Leaving Brookfield Zoo to Enter the Wild

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 to prepare to enter the wild. The release to the wild would help bolster the population of this endangered species. On October 27, the wolf, Ernesta, will relocate to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility near Socorro, NM. Once Ernesta arrives at this facility, she will receive survival skills conditioning through a prerelease “boot camp” to prepare for life in the wild.  more...

October 04, 2012

Allie Dolphin Returns to Brookfield Zoo

Welcome back Allie Dolphin to Brookfield Zoo! Allie has been on a breeding loan at Minnesota Zoo since 2008. While at Brookfield Zoo from 1995 to 2000, she established a bond with Tapeko, Brookfield Zoo’s 30-year-old female dolphin.  more...

August 13, 2012

Guests Can Meet Pepe Penguin

Guests visiting Brookfield Zoo’s The Living Coast may have the pleasure of seeing Pepe, a Humboldt penguin who hatched on March 13, waddling along the exhibit’s walkway as an ambassador for his species. On days when the exhibit is not too crowded, zookeepers bring Pepe, now 5-months-old, out to meet the public. They answer questions and share facts about Humboldt penguins as well as some important conservation work taking place in the birds' native country of Peru.  more...

July 26, 2012

Orphaned Wombats Aided by Zoo Conservation Program

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) is leading an initiative to help bring non-releasable southern hairy-nosed wombats from Australia to North America to ensure a sustainable population in zoos.  more...

June 26, 2012

JoJo Gorilla Takes His Place at Brookfield Zoo

JoJo, a 32-year-old male silverback gorilla from Lincoln Park Zoo, is now at Brookfield Zoo as part of a breeding program for the critically endangered western lowland gorilla species.  more...

May 24, 2012

Baby Bison Makes Debut at Brookfield Zoo

t is not exactly the sound of a stampede but more like the pitter-patter of little hooves that guests can hear at Great Bear Wilderness with the addition of a bison calf born on May 16, 2012. The female calf marks the first birth of this species at Brookfield Zoo since the early 1970s.  more...

May 19, 2012

Xtreme BUGS Exhibit Invades

Experience the invasion of Xtreme BUGS, presented by Dominick’s, at Brookfield Zoo throughout the summer.  more...

February 22, 2012

Aardvark Born at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is happy to announce the birth of an aardvark on January 12. And, because of the dedicated care provided by the Society’s zookeepers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and nutritionist, the now healthy 13-pound calf has a bright future ahead of it. Although the calf will not be on exhibit for several months, zoo guests will be able to view it via a live video monitor In the near future.  more...

February 08, 2012

New 3D Imaging Technology in Animal Hospital

A three-dimensional (3D) view does more than make for exciting movies in a theater, it can also improve the care of animals. The Chicago Zoological Society’s (CZS) Brookfield Zoo is the first North American zoo to use revolutionary 3D imaging technology with on-site digital radiology and CT equipment in its state-of-the-art animal hospital. The new technology allows the Society’s veterinarians to enhance two-dimensional CT (CAT) scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds with 3D models that will enable them to better treat zoo animals.  more...

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