| Jan 3, 2015
| 4:23 AM
When Brookfield Zoo staffers learned that three of their bottlenose dolphins were pregnant, many planned their vacations early in anticipation of assisting with the births in December.
Their eagerness gave way to disappointment last month as they are...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 7:15 AM
The Doings features one (or more) of Brookfield Zoo’s animals each month with some background information about the animal, its species, its family and its connection to the zoo. This month’s animals are polar bears Aussie, Anana and Hudson,...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The excitement will begin when you enter the gate at Brookfield Zoo, 1st Ave. and 31st St., Brookfield, for its annual Holiday Magic event. Over one million lights will illuminate the grounds, 4-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 and Friday-...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Brookfield Zoo staff members are mourning the unexpected loss of a male dolphin calf born Dec. 5 to a first-time mother, Noelani, 11 years old.
“Everything was going along normally, and it appeared to be a normal birth,” said Bill Ziegler,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:54 PM
A male dolphin died shortly after being born at Brookfield Zoo on Friday, zoo officials said.
The calf surfaced, as is normal, after its 8:45 a.m. birth to 11-year-old first-time mother Noelani, said Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of collections...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 12:02 PM
It's a boy.
Brookfield Zoo has announced the birth of its eighth bottlenose dolphin. Weighing in at 35- to 40-pounds and measuring 31/2 feet long, the calf was born to first-time mom Allison, age 9, on Friday.
Though a dolphin birth is not...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
The biggest museum story in Chicago in 2014 was, of course, the one that's on the horizon. During the year, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas chose Chicago for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, was offered a prime lakefront site in a current Soldier...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:07 PM
For a 10-month-old orangutan, Kecil is a pretty well-traveled guy.
He was napping at Brookfield Zoo early Wednesday afternoon after a busy morning of media appearances during which Kecil ("Kuh-CHEEL") stuck to a strict no-comment policy.
| Nov 28, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Amber Pogerzelski of Elmwood Park enjoys taking photographs for fun, but some of her most recent work captured top honors from the Brookfield Zoo.
Pogerzelski was named grand prizewinner this November in the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2014...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 11:39 AM
The hulking animals that stepped from trailers to corrals here late at night drew a hushed, attentive audience of about 25 people.
The reason for the reverence: wild bison have been reintroduced on the prairies east of the Mississippi River for the...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:07 AM
"From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us," goes a traditional Scottish prayer. But at this time of year, a lot of people savor the possibility of a good fright. Several museums and...