Chicago Zoological Society
Chicago Zoological Society's Whirl 2019
One of the highlights of the spring social calendar, Whirl is hosted by the Women’s Board and the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo. This is Brookfield Zoo's largest annual fundraiser – attended by over 700 corporate and civic leaders – with proceeds supporting the Chicago Zoological Society's award-winning conservation, education, and animal welfare programs.
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature.
Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Among its historical firsts are indoor multispecies exhibits, zoo nutrition residencies, methods for animal husbandry, and medical care that includes successful brain surgery for a gorilla.
Today, there is an increasing need for conservation leaders to guide, teach, and motivate people to protect the world’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems. In addition to conservationists, the Society inspires and engages children, students, teachers, and other among the general public to make a positive impact on the natural world around them. From protecting regional wilderness to creating environmental stewardship through zoo interactions and educational opportunities, from guiding future scientists to pioneering global conservation efforts, the Society sits at the apex of care for animals and their habitats.