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Brookfield Zoo in United States

Brookfield Zoo
Christy, Affie & Mame. Brookfield Zoo 1985. Photo: © Susan Hoss
Christy, Affie & Mame. Brookfield Zoo 1985. Photo: © Susan Hoss


First elephant arrived1934
Address 3300 Golf Rd, Brookfield
Zip-code 60513
Place Chicago
Region Illinois
Country United States
Website Website


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Brookfield Zoo, located at 3300 Golf Rd, Brookfield, in Chicago, United States , was founded in 1934 and the first elephant arrived in 1934.

Comments / picturesChicago, Illinois, is home to four zoos - Lincoln Park Zoo (the only within Chicago city limits) Brookfield Zoo, Phillips Park Zoo, and Cosley Zoo.

"Every day since 1934 when Brookfield Zoo opened its doors, there has been an elephant drawing crowds, amazing young and old alike. Through the years, the zoo has owned 17 elephants - seven Asian and 10 African, according to Sondra Katzen, the zoo\'s media relations director The first was an Asian elephant named Nancy, donated to the zoo in 1933 by George Getz, owner of the Lakewood Farm zoo in Holland, Mich. In 1934, the zoo gained another Asian elephant - Minnie - a refugee from the Century of Progress world\'s fair in Chicago. By 1940 the zoo had eight elephants in its collection, including Ziggy, the elephant that would become one of the zoo\'s star attractions. Affie came to Brookfield Zoo in 1979 from the Indianapolis Zoo, joined by Christy in 1984."

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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2023). Brookfield Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=177. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Brookfield Zoo on elephant-news.com

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2010-01-12No packing it in on pachyderms - Elephant News
Ill. zoo seeks elephant despite opposition - Elephant News
2010-02-05Brookfield zoo seeks a companion for its lone elephant, joyce - Elephant News

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