News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
July 3, 2023
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Animals at Brookfield Zoo Receive 4th of July-themed Enrichment

Brookfield, Ill. — In celebration of the July 4th holiday, several animals at Brookfield Zoo received red, white, and blue patriotic-themed enrichment from their animal care staff.

Hudson, one of the Zoo’s polar bears, and Axhi, a brown bear, each received a variety of fruit frozen inside red, white, and blue ice blocks. Axhi was also treated to corn on the cob—a popular side dish at 4th of July picnics. Additionally, the California sea lions and grey seals seemed to enjoy their patriotic “Happy 4th of July” ice and sugar-free gelatin enrichment and fish.

The animal care specialists are always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with enrichment items they normally do not receive on a regular basis.

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Photo Captions (credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
6643 and 6697: Axhi, a brown bear at Brookfield Zoo, was treated to patriotic-themed enrichment in celebration of the 4th of July holiday.
6586, 6599, and 6687: In celebration of the July 4th holiday, several animals at Brookfield Zoo, including Hudson, one of Brookfield Zoo’s polar bears, received red, white, and blue enrichment. His included a variety of fruit frozen in colored ice blocks.
6487: Taylor, a California sea lion at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy  July 4th-themed enrichment he received from his animal care staff.
6527 and 6550: Georgie, one of Brookfield Zoo’s grey seals, was treated to red, white, and blue gelatin in celebration of the 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



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


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