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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
July 1, 2022                                 
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Animals at Brookfield Zoo Receive Patriotic-themed Enrichment
Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. — In celebration of the upcoming 4th of July weekend, animal care specialists at Brookfield Zoo created red, white, and blue enrichment for several of the animals to experience and enjoy.

The bottlenose dolphins received a floating flag made of sugar-free gelatin. Josie and Owen, two of the zoo’s California sea lions, as well as grey seals, Georgie, Celia and Kiinaq, seemed to enjoy their patriotic “Happy 4th of July” ice and sugar-free gelatin cakes. Additionally, 27-year old brown bears—Axhi and Jim—were presented with red, white, and blue-colored ice blocks filled with carrots, sweet potatoes, bones, apples, and blueberries. And, the zoo’s North American river otters’ ice blocks had fresh water smelt frozen inside.

On July 2-4, the Dolphins in Action presentation (an additional fee applies) will feature patriotic-themed music to get guests in the July 4th spirit. Presentations on those days are at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

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Photo Captions (credit: Cathy Bazzoni/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
15: Owen, a California sea lion at Brookfield Zoo, poses next to a 4th of July patriotic ice and sugar-free gelatin enrichment treat.
32: Josie, one of Brookfield Zoo’s California sea lions, gives a “salute” pose. She, and several of the zoo’s other animals, received red, white, and blue-themed enrichment treats in celebration of the upcoming July 4th holiday.
46: Several of Brookfield Zoo’s animals, including Kiinaq, a grey seal, received enrichment treats in celebration of the upcoming July 4th holiday.
64: Celia, a 2-year-old grey at Brookfield Zoo, along with several other animals, received patriotic-themed enrichment treats in celebration of the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
69: Noelani, an 18-year-old bottlenose dolphin at Brookfield Zoo, eyes a patriotic-themed enrichment treat she and the other dolphins received in celebration of the upcoming July 4th holiday.
75: A 35-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Allie, as well as other members of the dolphin group at Brookfield Zoo, received red, white, and blue enrichment treats to celebrate the upcoming July 4th holiday.

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


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