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Celebrate Pride at Brookfield Zoo Chicago

June 2024
LOCATION: Zoowide and Online


At Brookfield Zoo Chicago, we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates the rich diversity of both human and animal life. We believe that understanding and appreciating the unique qualities of each individual, whether they walk on two legs or four, enriches our community and enhances our shared mission of wildlife conservation. By embracing diverse perspectives and promoting equitable opportunities, we strive to create a more compassionate and connected world for all species. Just as the natural world thrives on diversity, so, too, does our human community.

Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s “Zoo for All” initiative reflects this commitment, guiding our efforts to build an inclusive wildlife conservation movement. As part of this initiative, we’re excited to host a week of Pride celebrations at the Zoo from June 24-30 and offer virtual programming all month long to welcome and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community—both with the public and our Zoo family of staff and volunteers. We hope you'll join us in these celebrations and in our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks!

Pride Week at the Zoo

Dates: Monday, June 24 — Sunday, June 30, 2024

Join us for a colorful and inclusive celebration where everyone is welcome.

Celebrate with Animals

Witness the wonder of our Dolphins in Action presentation or follow the majesty of a flamboyance of flamingos in their very own parade.

Enjoy Rainbow Treats

Indulge in the beautiful spirit of Pride as you stroll through the Zoo, enjoying rainbow treats like snow cones, ice cream, and popcorn.

Shop Pride Merch

Don't forget to stop by our gift shop, where you can shop pride merchandise that not only celebrates diversity but also gives back to the community.

Come one, come all, and let's make memories together as we celebrate love, equality, and the vibrant colors of Pride at the Zoo!

Pride Month Virtual Programming

Dates: June 5, June 12, June 20, and June 26

Join us for an inspiring virtual series presented by ZAP! Conservation in Action, designed to ignite the passion of future conservationists by bridging the gap between past and present efforts. This June, we're thrilled to offer a special 4-part series featuring diverse voices from the LGBTQ+ community sharing their unique conservation journeys and connections. Don't miss out on this empowering experience, sign up below!

Legacies: Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Join KCLA Community Engagement staff members as we share stories about individuals and organizations that have inspired conservation leadership in others. Participants can join in the dialogue about how the work and ideas presented can be applied in our daily lives to extend the conservation legacy of those discussed.


Queer Ecology Panel: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m.

The sciences, culture, and different perspectives can often appear dichotomous and binary. This misses out on the spectrums of diversity that our human and natural world have to offer. An interdisciplinary approach to ecology blends the sciences with sociological studies in order to better comprehend the complexities of nature and wildlife. Join guest speakers Dani Abboud, Killian Becker and Indie Lewis, all leaders in queer ecology.

Discussion with Andrew Hogan: Thursday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Andrew Hogan (they/he) is a conservation educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. For over fifteen years, they have been connecting people to wildlife and nature through immersive experiences and they have worked directly with many different species of animals including sea lions, cheetahs, and dolphins. Their passion is finding and sharing the lesser-known or overlooked stories of nature that challenge what we've always been taught and creating a collaborative understanding of nature and conservation. Andrew has created and led events and programs that highlight these, including programs at several zoos focused on queer zoology. 


Discussion with Michelle Barboza-Ramirez: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00 p.m.

They hold a Bachelor of Science in Geology from CSU Fullerton and a Master of Science in Geology, with a certificate in Gender Studies, from the University of Florida. Their paleontological research has focused on extinct land dwelling, plant eating Miocene animals, while their current projects address diversity in STEM and outdoor equity. Along with working in higher ed, MB is a cohost for PBS Eons and a team member of the Cosplay for Science Initiative. MB's past projects include working in the education departments of the National Park Service and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, as well as the paleontology departments of the Florida Museum of Natural History and John D. Cooper Center in Orange County, CA.