Chicago Zoological Society

Rain Forests of the Whirl


Due to the growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Chicago Zoological Society, with the support of our Board of Trustees and Women's Board, has decided to cancel this year's Rain Forests of the Whirl gala, scheduled on April 25, 2020. The decision to cancel this year's gala was not an easy one, but we recognize that the health and safety of our staff, donors, and guests is paramount. To learn more about ways to support the Chicago Zoological Society, visit

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.

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