The Brookfield Zoo, located just outside Chicago in Brookfield, Illinois, is easily the largest zoo I have ever been to. You will need to plan on spending the whole day there when you visit – and you still might not see all the animals there. These are some of the critters to look for at the Brookfield Zoo.
Naturally, the various monkeys from around the world are the main attraction in the Tropic House. I enjoyed looking at the Black Handed Spider Monkey, which was cute, but I really found the gorillas to be amazing. It is unbelievable how like humans they are.
Great Bear Wilderness
The grizzly bears were most popular in the Great Bear Wildrness–dozens of people watched on as two grizzlies went about their lives in captivity (one was especially unimpressed with his/her situation). Besides grizzly bears, you will find some polar bears, bison, bald eagles, and wolves in this exhibit. The wolves were really neat to watch as they lounged in the sun.
The meerkats and leopards were cute, but the Black Footed Cat was by far my favorite at the Brookfield Zoo. It was absolutely adorable. This kitty may look like a small version of the house cat, but it has quite the feisty personality.
When you visit the zoo, you will probably find the majestic lions and tigers lounging on rocks, doing what kitties do best–sleeping. And not only will you find these two familiar beasts in Fragile Hunters, but you will probably discover some unfamiliar species like the Brown Sloth Bear.
Habitat Africa! The Savannah
How would you like to visit an African Wild Dog? While they may be neat to look at, the giraffe sure is a sight to see. You will find these tall creatures nibbling at the treetops or kicking up dirt as they run.
Zebras and the shaggy-haired camels are two more of my favorites at the zoo. This particular camel is native to the Gobi Desert, where it has to adapt to extreme temperatures, and the zebras are unique in their own way. In fact, there are no two zebras in the world with the exact same stripes.
Finally, make sure you don’t miss the dolphin show at Seven Seas, where you will be able to watch dolphins perform tricks for treats. Dolphins are beautiful, intelligent creatures. However, you will need to buy extra tickets, which you can get at the ticket stand.
These are just a few of my favorites; there are many other animals to see here, but it would be nearly impossible to see them all in one day. It is by far the largest zoo I have been to, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes when you visit the Brookfield Zoo.
Brookfield Zoo is located at First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, just 14 miles west of downtown Chicago.
**Note: These animals were at the Brookfield Zoo in August 2010. Animals may come and go, so check out their website (above) before your next visit.