News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 7, 2023
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Brookfield Zoo’s Giraffe Herd (and Guests) Enjoy Spring Temperatures

Brookfield, Ill. — It has become an annual tradition at Brookfield Zoo, as well as a sign that spring has sprung when giraffes are given access to their outdoor habitat for the first time of the year. Today, with the forecast of consistent warmer weather, Arnieta, Jasiri, and Potoka (PŌ-tah-kah) were able to stretch their legs in the milder temperatures.

The giraffes have been known to run around when let outdoors for the first time of the season. As the animals get older, it seems they go at a more leisurely pace, but, they still enjoyed the sunshine and being outside. The same is true for the public. With many people off work today for Good Friday, families took advantage of the nice weather and visited the Zoo—attendance was estimated between 10,000 and 11,000.

Beginning April 29, guests will be able to once again participate in giraffe feedings, which cost $15. Feeding opportunities continue through September 30 as well as on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

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 Photo Captions (credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
2291: With the warmer temperatures finally here in the Chicago area, Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, including Jasiri (front) and Arnieta, got access to their outdoor habitat for the first time this year.

2394: Jasiri (left) and Potoka, two of Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes, were able to enjoy their outdoor habitat for the first time this year now that the weather is warming up.

2704: Guests who visited Brookfield Zoo on Good Friday were able to see the giraffes outside for the first time this year.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to 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 also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, and the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association. Brookfield 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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