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An animal that smells like popcorn? That’s Melon, a binturong, a.k.a. bearcat! Binturongs have a strong, distinct odor that some have claimed they smell like hot popcorn. Binturongs are found in the dense forest of Southeast Asia and eat fruits, insects, fish, and leaves. Read more about Melon including how our animal care staff work with her on “The Doings” newspaper’s website http://bit.ly/1uXD4zn, then visit Melon in the zoo’s Fragile Kingdom Rain Forest!

Earn a Master’s Degree at Brookfield Zoo! The Chicago Zoological Society and Miami University of Ohio are now accepting applications to the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) that allows participants to earn a Master’s degree through real-world, hands-on experiences in classes at Brookfield Zoo and online from MU. Watch the video to learn more and visit www.CZS.org/AIP for further information.

Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun!

ZooRunRun is right around the corner! Register today for the 5K Run or Walk at www.czs.org/zoorunrun. Don’t forget to also sign up to be a fundraising advocate, create a team or do it alone and earn awesome premiums – like a day of behind-the-scene tours at Brookfield Zoo where you will get to meet animals like bears, giraffes, and lions! To sign up for fundraising go to http://www.firstgiving.com/brookfieldzoo/brookfield-zoorunrun-2014

Sep 8
Read our latest journal entry on baby orangutan Kecil that talks about his playtime! Go to CZS.org/Kecil. #BrookfieldZoo #orangutanbaby #orangutan #kecil #animalwelfare #chicago #primates

Read our latest journal entry on baby orangutan Kecil that talks about his playtime! Go to CZS.org/Kecil. #BrookfieldZoo #orangutanbaby #orangutan #kecil #animalwelfare #chicago #primates

Sep 3

Athena Great Horned Owl

Woot! Woot! Meet Athena Great Horned Owl! She’s the animal spotlight this month on “The Doings” newspaper’s website. Athena, who is one of our Animal Ambassadors, came to Brookfield Zoo from Zoo Montana, which rehabbed her after she was found on the side of the road. Read more about Athena on http://bit.ly/1vOeHYj.

Check out this video of the Seven Seas staff of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo as they take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - and challenge some of their colleagues as well!

Meet Chris & Martin Kratts @ #BrookfieldZoo on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24! Shows at 11 am and 1 pm. Visit CZS.org/Kratts for details. #krattbrothers #kratts #chicago #wildkratts

Meet Chris & Martin Kratts @ #BrookfieldZoo on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24! Shows at 11 am and 1 pm. Visit CZS.org/Kratts for details. #krattbrothers #kratts #chicago #wildkratts

International Orangutan Day

It’s International Orangutan Day! Here at Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago Zoological Society’s animal care staff have provided a behind-the-scenes environment for Kecil and Maggie that has allowed them to build and strengthen their bond. The relationship between the two continues to get stronger every day. Maggie has taken on the role of Kecil’s surrogate mom as she sometimes carries him, comforts, and plays with him. Read our Keeper’s Journal on baby orangutan Kecil at www.CZS.org/Kecil, and help with the orangutan program and other animal care at Brookfield Zoo through the Conservation Fund, which helps fund the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare. Learn more at www.CZS.org/YouCanHelp.

Read our latest “Keeper Journal” on #babyorangutan Kecil and his growing bond with surrogate mom Maggie @ CZS.org/Kecil. #brookfieldzoo #chicago #primates #greatapes #orangutan #conservation

Read our latest “Keeper Journal” on #babyorangutan Kecil and his growing bond with surrogate mom Maggie @ CZS.org/Kecil. #brookfieldzoo #chicago #primates #greatapes #orangutan #conservation

It’s Kids’ Free Days this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18-20! Children 11 years old and under get free general zoo admission. #BrookfieldZoo #Chicago #backtoschool

It’s Kids’ Free Days this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18-20! Children 11 years old and under get free general zoo admission. #BrookfieldZoo #Chicago #backtoschool