“Temporary Dinosaur Exhibit to Open at Brookfield Zoo Next Year,” by S.M. O’Connor

The temporary exhibit Dinos Everywhere!, which will feature over forty animatronic dinosaurs, will open at the Brookfield Zoo in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois, on May 2, 2020 and run through September 27, 2020.  Two years ago, the temporary exhibit Dinos & Dragons opened at the Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, May 6, 2017 and ran through Sunday, September 17, 2017.  That exhibit featured seventeen animatronic dinosaurs and dragons, as a well as a real Komodo dragon and other reptiles. 

Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: The exhibit Dinos Everywhere! At Brookfield Zoo will feature over forty animatronic dinosaurs, including Argentinosaurus, which was estimated to measure over 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons.

Figure 1 Credit: Chicago Zoological Society Caption: This is an animatronic Utahraptor that could be seen in the Dinos & Dragons exhibit at Brookfield Zoo in 2017.

      The Chicago Zoological Society (C.Z.S.) is a private, non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  Founded in 1920 and chartered in 1921, the C.Z.S. brought to life the vision of Edith Rockefeller McCormick (1872-1932) to give Chicago a zoo without bars modeled on the Tierpark Hagenbeck, known in English as the Hagenbeck Animal Park, a privately-owned zoo in Hamburg founded in 1907 by Carl Hagenback, Jr. (1844-1913).  The Brookfield Zoo opened in 1934, during the second year of Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34). 

      The C.Z.S. is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Brookfield Zoo met the American Humane Association’s rigorous standards for the care and welfare of animals to become the world’s first zoo to receive Humane Certified™ certification.

      The Brookfield Zoo is open every day of the year.  It is located between the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and is also accessible via the TriState Tollway (I-294).  The North Gate Main Entrance address is 8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  The South Gate Main Entrance address is 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  A train station, the Hollywood (Zoo Stop) on Metra’s B.N.S.F. line, is a few blocks to the south of the South Gate entrance.  The phone number is (708) 688-8000.  The Website is www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.

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