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(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

The colorful bird who lived to the ripe old age of 83 had a global fan base and seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. A year after his death, Brookfield Zoo is set to unveil a statue in his honor.

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(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Zingo, the first black-crested mangabey born at the zoo, has light-colored skin that will darken over time. 

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(Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

Sample more than 80 beers while taking in the zoo’s wildlife and nature at the sixth annual event.

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(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

After spending their first weeks learning to swim and bonding with their mothers, Lucy and Taylor make their public debut.

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Ramar, a 49-year-old western lowland gorilla, is the oldest animal at Brookfield Zoo. (Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

Like many humans approaching their elder years, a 49-year-old western lowland gorilla named Ramar has been dealing with knee pain.

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(Courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Customized activity monitoring devices are helping Brookfield Zoo staff study sleeping patterns and other behaviors in giraffes. 

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An okapi calf was born May 16 at Brookfield Zoo. (Chicago Zoological Society)

The striped “forest giraffe” is the 28th okapi to be born at the suburban zoo since 1959, when it became the first zoo in North America to have a birth of the species.

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For the first time, Brookfield Zoo is exhibiting a pangolin, a rare animal native to Africa and Asia. (Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

For the first time, Brookfield Zoo is exhibiting a pangolin, a rare animal native to Africa and Asia.

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(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Just in time for Easter, a reindeer named Bunny gives birth to a male fawn – the first reindeer born at Brookfield Zoo since 1980. 

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(Brookfield Zoo / Chicago Zoological Society)

The ethical debate over zoos – and whether animals belong in them – has resurfaced over the past year, and now Brookfield Zoo is joining the discussion.

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Geoffrey Baer solves the mystery of a viewer’s “vague memory” from the 1940s, revisits an exhibit at the Century of Progress and opens the door to the Evanston History Center.

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Sophia, a 35-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth to a female ape on Dec. 20. (Chicago Zoological Society)

The newborn female Bornean orangutan joins five other orangutans living at the Brookfield Zoo.

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The animal welfare team at Brookfield Zoo tends to Zenda, a 10-year-old male lion who appeared to have a toothache. (Chicago Tonight)

What happens when a lion gets a toothache? Meet the large and dedicated team that cares for more than 3,000 animals at Brookfield Zoo. 

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The Brookfield Zoo donated this piece of black rhino horn to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its dog training program to catch wildlife contraband. (Kelly Tone / Chicago Zoological Society)

On Thursday, World Rhino Day, the zoo donated a piece of horn from one of its black rhinos to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency will use the sample to train its canine unit that sniffs out contraband at O’Hare International Airport.

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Ornate box turtles are a threatened species in Illinois due to habitat loss, but they've recently been released onto a wild sand prairie. (USFWS)

Thanks to an experimental program started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009, a wild population of threatened turtles has been established in northwestern Illinois. Find out how local institutions helped the agency reach its goal.

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Mexican gray wolf pups, an endangered species, at Brookfield Zoo. (Brookfield Zoo)

Two Chicago-area institutions are the first in the nation to receive certification in a new program that assesses the well-being of animals held in captivity.