News Release

September 21, 2015


Contact : Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Hispanic Heritage on September 26

     Brookfield, Ill.—Enjoy a day of fun at Brookfield Zoo while celebrating Hispanic culture on Saturday, September 26, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The zoo’s north plaza will be filled with music, dance, and art that highlight Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and El Salvador. Guests of all ages also can learn about the rich history of these countries and contributions Hispanics have made in science, art, and literature.

During the event, families can meet one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors, have fun making seed balls, enjoy hands-on science activities with members of the University of Illinois at Chicago Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and create sugar skulls with Brookfield Public Library representatives. In addition, zoogoers are invited to join members of Girl Scouts of Great Chicago and Northwest Indiana in creating Aztec headdresses while a historian shares its history.

Throughout the afternoon David Ortiz aka DJ Remo of Non-Stop Music-Fest will have zoogoers dancing on the north plaza and traditional costumed dancers known as “Los Chinelos” will add to the festivities. Additional live entertainment scheduled includes performances by Ballet Folkoric Sones Mexicanos at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., followed by Musical Group Sol de la Costa at 4:00 p.m.

This event is hosted by staff members of the Society’s Arcoiris group, whose mission is to achieve organizational excellence through diversity.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
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 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. Open every day of the year, 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


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


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