News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 19, 2023
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Brookfield Zoo Offers Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for all Ages

Brookfield, Ill.—This Valentine’s Day, Brookfield Zoo is offering several gift ideas for kids, penguin lovers, and even those who may have been scorned by an ex significant other.

For Everyone

New this year, Brookfield Zoo is debuting printable valentine cards featuring its animals. Species include a polar bear, capybara, prehensile-tailed porcupine, North American river otter, California sea lion, African lion, South American tapir, orangutan, two-toed sloth, Nigerian dwarf goat, western gray kangaroo, and Inca tern. For a $15 contribution that supports the zoo, donors receive an email receipt that includes a link to 12 exclusive, family-friendly valentines to download and print. The approximately 3¾-inch by 4¼-inch valentines have fun play-on-words messages such as: “Quill You Be My Valentine?” “My Love For You Will Never Tapir Off!” “You’re Otter-ly Adorable!” and “Have A Beary Happy Valentine’s Day!” Suitable for kids to hand out to classmates, adults to give to co-workers, or even to exchange with family members, print as many valentines as needed. To purchase the cards, go to

For Penguin Lovers

For the penguin lovers in your life, Valentino and Patty, two of the zoo’s Humboldt penguins, are this Valentine’s Day featured creatures for Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Adoption. The penguin power couple has been together since 2011 and has successfully raised four of their own chicks and fostered several others. Donations go towards the care of the Humboldt penguins for one year. Several options are available.

The Basic Package is $35 and includes a 5-inch by 7-inch color photograph of Valentino and Patty, a personalized certificate of adoption, a Humboldt penguin fact sheet, an Animal Adoption window decal, and an invitation to the exclusive Animal Adoption 2023 summer event.

The $59 Plush Package features a 12-inch plush penguin (whiles supplies last), along with the benefits of the Basic Package.
For the $75 Plush & Tote Package, the lucky recipient will receive a navy tote bag with a penguin emblem (while supplies last), all the benefits of the Plush Package, and four free tickets to the exclusive Animal Adoption 2023 summer event.

Purchase any of the Valentino and Patty adoption packages by February 14, and your name will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of two Penguin Encounters for two people at Brookfield Zoo’s Living Coast (encounter must be used by December 31, 2023). The experience allows participants to mingle and possibly touch these incredible birds and learn about their behaviors and details of the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation work in Peru, South America.

Your Valentine’s Day message can accompany the gift. If purchasing online, to ensure regular mail delivery by February 14, orders must be received on or before February 5. To purchase any of the Valentino and Patty Animal Adoption packages, visit Brookfield Zoo’s website at or call (708) 688-8341. Packages may also be purchased in person at the zoo between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

And, for Those Scorned

Brookfield Zoo is once again offering the opportunity to name a cockroach in honor of that not-so-special someone not in your life. For a minimum donation of $15, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after that former partner (or anyone) for Valentine’s Day.

In return, donors receive a “Certificate of Naming” that can be filled out and shared or hung on a wall for the holiday. First names only of unpleasant ex’s will be prominently displayed on the infamous Cockroach Naming Board inside Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo. For names to be included on the board, donation submissions must be completed by end of day on February 6. A week later on February 14, the board will be unveiled and photos of it will be posted on the zoo’s social media channels.

And, since there are those who actually do like and appreciate these insects that play an important role in the ecosystem, a valentine option for the bug lover in your life is also available. Just click on that option when filling out the online form at Proceeds support Brookfield Zoo.

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Photos (credit: CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
Printable Valentines 01 and 02: For a $15 donation, you can download Brookfield Zoo's printable Valentine's Day cards, perfect for all ages.

5172: This Valentine's Day, Patty and Valentino, a Humboldt penguin pair at Brookfield Zoo, are the featured creatures for Brookfield Zoo's Animal Adoption.

Cockroach certificate 01: For a $15 donation to Brookfield Zoo. this Valentine's Day, you can name a cockroach after someone who has a fondness for bugs.

Cockroach certificate 02: For a $15 donation to Brookfield Zoo, this Valentine's Day, you can name a cockroach for that not-so-special someone not in your life.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit



Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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