News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
February 14, 2022

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Brookfield Zoo’s Animals Receive Valentine’s Day Treats

Brookfield, Ill.—Today, Valentine’s Day, several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo received heart-shaped treats provided by the animal care staff.

Ring-tailed lemurs—Moses and Skinner; Bornean orangutans—Heidi, Sophia, and Ben; Sheba, a 4-year-old binturong; and T-Mo, a 2-year-old Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, all received heart-shaped treats made of a complete-balanced biscuit and gelatin. The zoo’s Galapagos and sulcata tortoises were treated to watermelon in the shape of hearts. And, Owen and Taylor, the zoo’s California sea lions and Kiinaq, one of the grey seals, received frozen heart-shaped treats. Only Jasper, a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, was being finicky and didn’t seemed at all enamored with the red strawberries animal care staff offered him.

The Animal Programs staff is always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with a variety of different enrichment and food items they normally do not receive on a regular basis.

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Photo Captions (credit Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo)
4821 and 4831: Brookfield Zoo’s Galapagos and sulcata tortoises were given heart-shaped watermelon today, Valentine’s Day, from animal care staff.
6658: Kiinaq, one of Brookfield Zoo’s grey seals, received heart-shaped ice treats for Valentine’s Day.
6714: Taylor, a California sea lion at Brookfield Zoo, eyes his heart-shaped ice treats that animal care staff gave to him today on Valentine’s Day.
6873: T-Mo, a 2-year-old Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, receives a heart-shaped treat from Paul Eberhart, a lead animal care specialist at Brookfield Zoo on Valentine’s Day.
6940: Several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo, including Skinner, a ring-tailed lemur, received heart-shaped treats on Valentine’s Day.
6963: Heidi, one of Brookfield Zoo’s orangutans, seems to enjoy a heart-shaped treat on Valentine’s Day.
6973: Ben, an orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, with a heart-shaped treat he received from animal care staff in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

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
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