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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
January 25, 2021                                     
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Brookfield Zoo Offers Unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Brookfield, Ill. —Valentine's Day is a time when we celebrate the love we have for one another. But for others, Valentine's Day may be a time when they remember, despite all efforts, those who spurned that love. Who is to say they can’t celebrate Valentine's Day as well?

This year for Valentine’s Day, Brookfield Zoo is once again offering the chance to name a cockroach in honor of that un-special someone. For a $15 donation, name one of the Madagascar hissing cockroaches that resides in Hamill Family Play Zoo after an ex or anyone who may have wronged you. The “Name a Cockroach” package includes a Certificate of Naming that can be filled out and shared with the recipient or kept as a reminder that a cockroach bears your recipient’s name as well as a placement on the Cockroach Naming Board, located inside Hamill Family Play Zoo. Although Brookfield Zoo is temporarily closed until March 1, photos of the board will be posted on the zoo’s Facebook page on February 14.

Those interested in naming a cockroach after a loved one or someone who has a fondness for the hissing insect, can do that too. Just click on that option when filling out the online form at Contributions go directly to the Chicago Zoological Society’s Annual Fund, a critical source of support for Brookfield Zoo to use wherever it is needed most.

Additionally, Brookfield Zoo has dozens of charismatic animals available through its Animal Adoption program that would make the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone. From Pistachio, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and Arnieta, a reticulated giraffe, to a red panda or one of the Nigerian dwarf goats, a $35 contribution will go towards the care of the animal you choose for one year. The recipient will receive a 5-inch by 7-inch color photograph of the selected animal, a personalized certificate of adoption, a species fact sheet, an Animal Adoption decal, and an invitation to the exclusive 2021 Animal Adoption summer event (dependent on pandemic status).

A gift card carrying your name and Valentine’s Day message can accompany the gift. To ensure regular mail delivery by February 14, orders must be received by February 5. To purchase an Animal Adoption package, visit Brookfield Zoo’s website at or call (708) 688-8341.

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Photos--credit Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society
8622: This Valentine's Day, Brookfield Zoo is offering you the opportunity to name a cockroach in honor of that un-special someone or special person who has a fondness for the hissing insect.

1693: Brookfield Zoo has dozens of animals, including Arnieta, one of the zoo's reticulated giraffes, available to adopt through its Animal Adoption program this Valentine's Day.

5648: For turtle lovers in your life, adopt Pistachio, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle at Brookfield Zoo, this Valentine's Day. Pistachio is just one of dozens of animals available to adopt through the zoo's Animal Adoption program.

8545: Adopt one of Brookfield Zoo's Nigerian dwarf goats for a loved one this Valentine's Day.

9716: A red panda at Brookfield Zoo is available to adopt for a loved one this Valentine's Day. The zoo's Animal Adoption program has dozens of other charismatic animals also available.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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. 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
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