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North American river otter pups, a male and a female, were born on February 23, 2017, the first successful births of this species in the zoo’s history!
Our summertime event is back for a fourth season. Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather.
A big part of the lives of zoo animals includes interacting with the humans that take care of them. Human-animal interactions can be valuable tools that foster good welfare in zoo animals.
They look like a mashup of some of your favorite animals: a bear and a cat with a hint of monkey. Their name is fun to say. And they smell like popcorn! What's not to love about binturongs?.
May 6, 2017 - Sept 17, 2017
Dinosaurs are roaring back to life at Brookfield Zoo! They’re bigger and better than ever and they’ve brought some of their mythical dragon friends. The zoo’s new Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon.
Along the winding outdoor path, guests of all ages can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on engaging signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo!
May 14, 2017
Give Mom the day off and let our executive chef do the cooking. Enjoy a delicious Mother's Day Brunch featuring cooked to order eggs and an omelet station, a chef's carving station, sweet treats, and so much more! Seating is limited and reservations are required.
June 18, 2017
Bring Dad for a fun noontime Father’s Day barbeque in our Pavilions featuring an interactive DJ. Enjoying a complete, all-you-can-eat summertime buffet has never been easier. Cash bar service will be available. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Sept 10, 2017
Glide past lemus and ravens. Bound past Nigerian dwarf goats. Wade past The Swamp. Be inspired by rescured white pelicans. Dip past The Living Coast. Soar by the condors and bald eagles. Thunder by bison. Gallop past giraffes, zebras, and camels. Encounter endangered black rhinos and pygmy hippos. Marvel at the Big Cats- lions, tigers, and snow leopards.
Join us September 10, 2017, for the return of the Brookfield ZooRunRun - with courses entirely within the world renowned Brookfield Zoo! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP! The Chicago Zoological Society Animal Care and Conservation Fund is dedicated to making a difference for these species across the globe and with each race entry, we will raise both awareness and funds for this great cause.
Get to know our dolphins through an exciting and educational Show,
Interact with our pengiuns under the supervision of a trained Zookeeper!
Take a spin in one of the largest hand-carved wooded carousels in the country!
The award-winning Hamill Family Play Zoo is like no other place you’ve visited!
Hop on board the zoo’s open-air Motor Safari trams and take a our of the entire zoo.
The just over 3-acre exhibit, geared toward guests of all ages.
The Chicago Zoological Society is
a private non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. AZA Accredited.
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