News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 29, 2018
Free Admission, Dogsledding Demonstrations, and Wintry Fun
at Brookfield Zoo’s Annual FREEze Day Celebration

Images of FREEze Day
     Brookfield, Ill. – Enjoy the wintry weather alongside the Brookfield Zoo’s snow- and cold-loving animals for the zoo’s annual FREEze Day on Sunday, February 11. The day will be filled with dogsledding runs along with other winter events and animal fun – all for free admission!

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., zoogoers can join members of the Green Valley Dog Drivers and their furry, four-legged friends for dogsled demonstrations on the zoo’s West Mall. During this time, mushers and their pups will answer questions about the one-of-a-kind sport. Also joining the festivities will be representatives from the Forest Preserves of Cook County, who will be on hand to share information about their winter activities.

As guest stroll around the zoo, they’ll have a chance to listen in on special zoo chats hosted by animal care staff. These informal talks will highlight some of winter’s most popular animals. At 11 a.m. on the West Mall, find out about the red-tailed hawk and other birds of prey. Then venture to Great Bear Wilderness for a chat about polar bears at 11:30 a.m. Immediately following at noon, discover interesting facts about the Mexican gray wolves, including a recovery program for the species that the zoo participates in. Finally, at 2:00 p.m. venture across the park for a chat about one of the most elusive cats in the world—the snow leopard.

In addition, February is National Bird Feeding Month to encourage people to show our fine feathered friends some love during the winter. At Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters can make bird food sources to take home. Other crafts include creating binoculars made from recycled items and a painting activity using feathers as brushes.

In addition to FREEze Day being free to all guests, Brookfield Zoo offers free general admission on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 28 (a parking fee still applies). For more information about FREEze Day, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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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
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Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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