COURTESY OF CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Brookfield, Ill.—While the recent weather in Chicagoland has been frigid, Brookfield Zoo guests can once again enjoy tropical temperatures at the Seven Seas’s dolphin stadium. The Chicago Zoological Society’s marine mammal trainers are gearing up for dolphin presentations to resume beginning Saturday, February 1.
During the three-and-a-half months the presentations were canceled, staff concentrated their efforts on the care and monitoring of two dolphin calves that were born in October 2013.
When presentations resume this weekend, guests will be able to see several members of the dolphin group, including Chinook, 31; Allie, 26; Spree, 11; Noelani, 10, and Allison, 8. However, Tapeko, 32, and her calf, as well as a calf that continues to be handreared and monitored 24 hours a day, will remain off exhibit for a few more months.
Brookfield Zoo is free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through February 28. Regular zoo admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Admission to the dolphin presentation is $4.00 for adults and $2.50 for children 3-11. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10.
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people 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. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit www.CZS.org.