News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
July 21, 2022

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Kids’ Free Days at Brookfield Zoo
Children 11 and Under Admitted Free on August 1, 2, and 3

Brookfield, Ill. — With the start of the new school year just around the corner, there is still time to take the family on a summer adventure to Brookfield Zoo. On August 1, 2, and 3, the zoo is offering free admission to children ages 11 and under. (Admission for adults and parking fee still applies.)

Families can stroll along the walkways to see their favorite animals, including Titus and Brutus, the zoo’s African lion brothers; polar bears Hope and Hudson; or the Humboldt penguins at the Living Coast. In addition, several new arrivals can also be seen in their outdoor habitats—an addax (African antelope) calf born on July 2, a South American tapir calf born on May 22; Banana, a 3-year-old pygmy hippo; and Fisher, a 6-month-old grey seal.

Before they flutter away in early September, be sure to visit Butterflies!, presented by JULIE, Inc., (extra fee applies), which houses more than 20 North American species of winged wonders amidst a beautifully landscaped habitat with a winding path, water features, and a wide assortment of flowering plants and native grasses.

And, before they go extinct, again, check out the zoo’s temporary exhibit, Ice Age Giants, sponsored by Duly Health and Care. Throughout the park, zoogoers can encounter more than 30 life-sized animatronic recreations of giants that once roamed North America and Eurasia, including a 15-foot-tall woolly mammoth, a 20-foot-long giant ground sloth, a 12-foot-tall giant bird, and a saber-toothed cat. Each of the animals have moving parts such as the head, eyes, mouth, or tail, making the experience even more realistic.

On Kids’ Free Days, Brookfield Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $24.95 and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. For further information, visit

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Photo Captions--credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo
36: Brookfield Zoo's temporary exhibit, Ice Age Giants, features more than 30 life-sized animatronic recreations of giants that once roamed North America and Eurasia, including the mastodon.

2239: Banana, a nearly 3-year-old pygmy hippo recently arrived at Brookfield Zoo.

2632: Guests can feed the giraffes at Brookfield Zoo (additional fee applies).

5017: A South American tapir calf, born at Brookfield Zoo on May 22, can be seen with his mother Sorghum in their outdoor habitat.

8445: Brookfield Zoo's Butterflies! features more than 20 species of North American winged wonders (additional fee applies).

9305: Zoogoers can see Hope, one of Brookfield Zoo's polar bears, in the underwater viewing gallery at Great Bear Wilderness.

9735: At Brookfield Zoo's Hamill Family Wild Encounters, guests have the opportunity to experience up close views of Bennett's wallabies.

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
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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