Kecil, a 6-month-old Bornean orangutan at #BrookfieldZoo. He is currently off exhibit bonding with Maggie, who is his surrogate mom. Watch his full story on our Youtube channel! #chicago #orangutan #primates #babyorangutan #animalcare #weeklyfluff
Now happening: @whitesox players Viciedo, Surkamp & Putnam in the Dolphin Pavilion signing autographs for fans! #brookfieldzoo #chicagowhitesox #chicago #whitesox #whitesoxplayers #gowhitesox
Baby Orangutan and Surrogate Mom Maggie
Watch the video for the compelling story of 6-month-old orangutan Kecil (pronounced Ka-cheel), and his 53-year-old surrogate mom Maggie, at Brookfield Zoo. Kecil (which is Indonesian for “little”) is doing well in large part due to the combined, dedicated animal care staff at Toledo Zoo, Milwaukee County Zoo, and Brookfield Zoo. The two primates are currently off exhibit to allow them time to bond, as well as to give Kecil more time to become more agile and mobile before being introduced to the exhibit in Tropic World: Asia.
In the meantime, the Chicago Zoological Society’s Center of Excellence will be setting up a keeper journal at www.CZS.org/Kecil where you can get periodic updates on Kecil and Maggie, including photos and video.
A happy “roaring” 8th birthday to one of Brookfield Zoo’s most popular guys, Zenda African Lion! Did you know that a lion’s rorar can be heard six miles away? Hear Zenda roar at the Big Cats exhibit and learn how you can help in lion conservation. #BrookfieldZoo #Africanlion #lions #bigcats #Chicago #bigcatsofinstagram
Throwback Thursday: Samson Gorilla arrived in Brookfield Zoo in 1980. He sired five offspring, adding important genetic diversity to zoo gorilla populations. Today, you can see a statue commemorating this popular primate at the entrance of Tropic World.
Summer Nights is back again this Friday and Saturday! On Friday, July 11, jam with the popular Sixteen Candles band as they pay homage to the greatest hits of the ‘80s; and on Saturday, July 12, party with 97Nine as they perform fist pumping classic rock hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and today. In addition to live entertainment, there’ll be kids’ activities, fresh menu items, craft beers, and a laser displayed on a water screen…plus up-close views with our Animal Ambassadors every hour between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on Summer Nights!
Join us for Animal Enrichment Day on Saturday, July 26! Discover the ins and outs of enrichment and learn about the tools and techniques that let the animals interact with their surroundings for their mental and physical stimulation. #BrookfieldZoo #Chicago #animalenrichment #primate #orangutan
Continue your 4th of July weekend celebration at #SummerNights tonight! And make sure you stay for the spectacular laser, light and video show! #BrookfieldZoo #chicago #lasershow #familyfun
William Wallaby received a “hoppy” birthday treat from our animal care staff! #BrookfieldZoo #chicago #wallaby #happybirthday