Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society

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Brookfield Zoo first opened its gates to the public on July 1, 1934. The zoo has impressed millions with its barless exhibits—an innovation imported from Europe—and its expansive collection of rare and endangered species. Managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and located 14 miles west of the city's center, the zoo serves as an inspiring natural refuge for weary urbanites, while also drawing visitors from across the country with its innovative and expansive exhibits, unusual and diverse species, and gorgeous landscaping.
ISBN: 9780738560922
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 237
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Explore the birth of this regional and national treasure and its growth over the past seven decades with journalist and historian Douglas Deuchler, author of Oak Park in Vintage Postcards, Maywood, Berwyn, and Cicero Revisited, and Carla W. Owens, zoo archivist, manager of library services, and animal lover with a passion for history. Through more than 230 historic images of Brookfield Zoo, they uncover its origins—the land was originally a gift from Chicago socialite Edith Rockefeller McCormick in the 1920s and was later augmented with additional acres from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County—as well as its evolution into an internationally celebrated center for conservation, animal care, and environmental education.
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