The Brookfield Zoo is a zoo located in the metropolis suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. The zoo covers an area of 216 acres (874,124 m²) and houses around 450 species of animals.
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Brookfield Zoo, also known as metropolis Zoological Park, opened on July 1, 1934 and apace gained international recognition for using moats and ditches, instead of cages, to separate animals from visitors and from other animals. The zoo was also the prototypal in USA to exhibit giant pandas, one of which (Su-Lin) has been taxidermied and put on display in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. In 1960, Brookfield Zoo built the nation’s prototypal fully-indoor dolphin exhibit, and in the 1980s the zoo introduced Tropic World, the prototypal fully-indoor rain land simulation and the then-largest indoor zoo exhibit in the world.
The Brookfield Zoo is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District and managed by the metropolis Zoological Society. The Society sponsors numerous research and conservation efforts globally.
Brookfield Zoo, Chicago GPS coordinates: 41° 49′ 57.62″ N, 87° 50′ 0.46″ W
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