MTags Around the World

A little more than two years ago, we introduced an exciting new research project (DTAG blog link) that used DTAGs (DTAG link) to look at the health and welfare of our group of bottlenose dolphins here at Brookfield Zoo. The DTAG, short for “Digital Acoustic Recording Tag”, is a type of bio-logging device used to track and monitor the movement of whales and dolphins. They function much like a Fit-Bit© by recording the acceleration, orientation, and depth of the animal. In addition, they record information about the environment including temperature, sounds the animals make, and ambient sound in their environment.

posted 11/5/2018 12:15:49 PM

Animal Welfare in Mixed Species Exhibits

Brookfield Zoo excels in the science of multiple species exhibits. Including mixed species has historically been the norm for aviaries and aquariums, and as we increase our knowledge of how best to support animals at the individual- and species- level in these exhibits, we improve their care, not only in aviaries and aquariums, but also for groups of many different species of mammal. Recall your most recent walk through Tropic World: as you enter the South America room, first you see several primate species, which are sympatric in the wild, meaning that they share the same natural habitat both in South America and at Brookfield Zoo.

posted 10/26/2018 12:52:11 PM

CZS & Brookfield Zoo

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Learn more about the animals, people, and research that make up CZS here at our blog.

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