Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society - $21.99

Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society 

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Go back in time with our zoo history book, Images of America, Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society. Explore the birth of this regional and national treasure and its growth over the past seven decades with journalist and historian Douglas Deuchler, author of Oak Park in Vintage Postcards, Maywood, Berwyn, and Cicero Revisited, and Carla W. Owens, zoo archivist, manager of library services, and animal lover with a passion for history. Through more than 230 historic images of Brookfield Zoo, they uncover its origins—the land was originally a gift from Chicago socialite, Edith Rockefeller McCormick in the 1920s and was later augmented with additional acres from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County—as well as its evolution into an internationally celebrated center for conservation, animal care, and environmental education. Brookfield Zoo first opened its gates to the public on July 1, 1934. The zoo has impressed millions with its barless exhibits—an innovation imported from Europe—and its expansive collection of rare and endangered species. Managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and located 14 miles west of the city’s center, the zoo serves as an inspiring natural refuge for weary urbanites, while also drawing visitors from across the country with its innovative exhibits, unusual and diverse species, and gorgeous landscaping. Paperback: 128 pages, Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (June 8, 2009)