BROOKFIELD – The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, announces the arrival of its newest additions – two male African lions named Brutus and Titus. The public can tune in at 11 a.m. April 2, to Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook Live chat of “Bringing the Zoo to You.”
While the zoo is closed to the public, animal care staff proceeded with its plan to have the two 4-year-old brothers transferred to Brookfield Zoo from Hogle Zoo, Utah. They arrived on March 17, a news release stated.
During the Facebook live segment, Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs for CZS, will talk about Brutus and Titus, share facts about African lions, and answer questions from the public. Those who miss the live chat will be able to watch it on the zoo’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.
“Before we had to close the zoo, guests were inquiring as to when we would be getting lions again following the devastating loss of our previous pair,” Zeigler stated in the release. “We wanted to share some happy news during this trying time and are looking forward to when guests can visit the zoo to see Brutus and Titus.”
When the zoo reopens, guests will be able to view Brutus and Titus along the Big Cat walkway. Born on Feb. 24, 2016, the two lions each have distinguishing features to tell them apart. Brutus’s mane is long, dark and straight. Titus’s mane is shorter than his brother’s, as well as lighter in color and slightly frizzier. In addition, Titus is a few inches taller than Brutus.
Animal care specialists are still getting to know the lions, but have noticed slight differences in their personalities – Brutus seems to be the calmer of the two, while Titus is more active with enrichment items. The brothers are very bonded and often sleep next to one another.
Brutus and Titus came to Brookfield Zoo based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ African Lion Species Survival Plan, in which the zoo is a participating institution.
Those interested in helping care for Brutus and Titus at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Animal Adoption program. Two options are available. For $35, a recipient receives the Basic Package, which includes a 5-by-7-inch color photograph of either Brutus or Titus, a personalized certificate of adoption, an African lion fact sheet, Animal Adoption program decal, and an invitation to the annual Animal Adoption Evening (ticket purchase necessary). The $60 Plush Package includes all the benefits of the Basic Package, plus an 8-inch plush lion, and four free tickets to the annual Animal Adoption Evening. To learn more, visit www.CZS.org/FeaturedCreature. For more on the zoo, go to www.CZS.org.