News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
March 22, 2021

Brookfield Zoo’s Giraffe Herd Enjoying Warmer Weather

Brookfield, Ill. — With the warmer weather finally here, today, Brookfield Zoo’s giraffe herd was given access to its outdoor habitat for the first time this year. In past years, the giraffes have put on quite a spectacle for guests by running around and stretching their legs. However, this year, they just casually walked around taking in the outdoor scenery that included many zoogoers who seemed happy to be enjoying the warmer temperatures too. In about two months, guests will be able to once again participate in giraffe feedings, which cost $10. Beginning May 29, and continuing through Labor Day, those interested can feed the giraffe herd that includes Ato, Potoka, Jasiri, and Arnieta.

Also, with the consistently rising temperature, guests will be able to see more of the animals outdoors, such as the okapi (pronounced o-copy), pygmy hippo, Kirk’s dik-dik, tapirs, and Galapagos tortoises.
Online reservations are required, and can be made at The zoo also suggests reviewing its safety protocols and getting update on what animal habitats and other amenities are open at

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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
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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