News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
August 8, 2023

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Brookfield Zoo Offers End-of-Summer Adventure for Families

Brookfield, Ill. —  Before the kids head back to school, take an end-of-summer family adventure to Brookfield Zoo to see the winged wonders at Butterflies! and the Zoo’s newest residents, learn about the animals at special zoo chats, and even feed the giraffes.

Butterflies!, presented by JULIE, Inc., is home to hundreds of butterflies, including painted ladies, monarchs, zebra longwings, and swallowtails. But if you want to see them before they flutter away, be sure to visit the Zoo before September 8, which is when their habitat closes for the season. The screened-in, outdoor habitat is beautifully landscaped with a winding path, water features, and a wide assortment of flowering plants and native grasses that attract the colorful insects. Guests can also peek into a room to see the transformation from pupa to butterfly.

This past spring and summer, several new additions made their debuts at the Zoo, and are growing fast. Stop by Regenstein Wolf Woods to see Ahote (pronounced Ah-ho-the), a Mexican wolf pup born on April 27. He can be seen interacting with his parents Vivilette and Amigo or his big brother, Joe Jr. A female nyala (antelope native to Africa) born on May 23 is in an outdoor habitat with other members of the herd, including her half-sibling, who was born in December 2022. And at Hamill Family Wild Encounters, zoogoers can see a Bennett’s wallaby joey who is beginning to explore outside its mother’s pouch.

Other new arrivals are Asha, a 2-year-old reticulated giraffe, and several species of macaws, including blue-and-yellow, hyacinth, and scarlet. Other winged additions include a pair of toco toucans and red-legged seriemas that can be seen outside at Hamill Family Play Zoo.

Zoogoers, young and older, wanting to learn more about the animals at Brookfield Zoo, can attend informal chats held daily through September 4. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., animal care staff present fun facts about various species such as bears, California sea lions and grey seals, African painted dogs, black rhinoceros, ring-tailed lemurs, and okapi. Additionally, at the Nature Stage, located just northwest of Roosevelt Fountain, guests can get up-close to a variety of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors, including Jasper, a pink cockatoo; Patty, a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth; and  PJ, a prehensile-tailed porcupine.

And finally, those planning to visit on August 31, and who are willing to roll up their sleeves for a good cause, can donate blood at the 8th annual American Red Cross Blood Drive being held at the Zoo’s Discovery Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors who pre-register will receive free general zoo admission the day of the drive for one adult and up to two children, plus free parking in the Discovery Center parking lot, a special Red Cross t-shirt, and a $20 gift card. To register, visit and enter sponsor code: BrookfieldZoo or call (800) 733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information.

Summer hours, which continue through Labor Day, September 4, are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $29.95 for adults, $20.95 for children 3-11, and $24.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $17-$20. For chat times and further information, visit

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 Photo Captions (credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
5520: Ahote, a Mexican wolf born on April 27, can be seen at Brookfield Zoo’s Regenstein Wolf Woods.

9913: Ahote, a Mexican wolf born at Brookfield Zoo on April 27, with his dad, Amigo.

6962 and 7832: Although still seen inside its mother’s pouch, a Bennett’s wallaby joey has begun to venture out and explore its surroundings at Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Wild Encounters.

7645: A young guest gets an up-close look at a monarch inside Brookfield Zoo’s Butterflies!  habitat.

7663: Brookfield Zoo’s seasonal Butterflies!  features hundreds of winged wonders, including monarchs, in a beautifully landscaped screened-in, outdoor habitat.

7796: A pair of red-legged seriemas is a new addition at Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo.

7779 and 7784: At Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo, guests can see two toco toucans.

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. 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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