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Brookfield Zoo : Brookfield, Illinois : Trip Report

It was mid September and a beautiful Sunday so I packed up the kids and met my sister and her kids at the Brookfield Zoo just west of Chicago for a day of educational fun.

I'm pretty sure the last time I visited this zoo was when I was a small kid. I remembered nothing so it was "new to me" too.

The highlights for us were the Kangaroos, which my daughter liked to watch hop around. She hopped like a Kangaroo herself to the next exhibit. We also liked the Giraffes. There is a viewing area just across a small "water hole" which allows for a very up close experience. We also really liked Tropic World, a very large indoor Ape and Monkey exhibit. It's divided into three main halls for South American, Asian and African species in each hall. We especially like the Gorilla area with a large viewing platform that went all around the habitat, which unfortunately seemed kind of small.

We ended the day with the Dolphin Show. We were surprised that it was both an extra charge and only a 20 minute show. We got there early to get good seats and ended up waiting far longer than the show lasted.


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Let the Adventure Begin.
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Fun Kangaroo in the Australia House.
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Sleepy sleepy Hippos.
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Zzzz.
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Bactrian Camel.
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Huge Bison.
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Zebra.
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Reticulated Giraffe in The Savannah.
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We were surprised to learn that the nearest relative to the Okapi is the Giraffe.
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The Yellow-Backed Duikers looks like a small cow.
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A very furry Red River Hog.
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Ibez, a Siberian mountain goat.
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A Penguin under water.
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An Inca Tern in the Penguin habitat.
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A pair of Penguins outside.
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I think these are Golden Lion Tamarin.
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The South American primate exhibit.
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Obviously a very popular exhibit.
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A Black Rhino.
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African Elephant.
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A sleepy African Lion.
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The very shy Armur (aka Siberian) Tiger poking his head out.
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A Snow Leopard surprisingly awake in the late afternoon.
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The Seven Seas Dolphinarium.
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The trainers introduce the females.
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Score!
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I think this is one of the larger Males doing impressive tricks.
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A very high jump.
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Neat trick.
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Brookfield Zoo : Brookfield, Illinois 2005
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ryan
26-Jun-2008 21:33
They may be cotton top tamarins, I'm not sure.  Definatly not Golden Lion Tamarins.  (I work at a zoo)
Teej
19-Jan-2007 07:14
Those are Geoffrey's Tamarins

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