Brookfield Zoo Members’ Creative Repurposing of Christmas Trees Spotlighted by Local News

| February 3, 2020

Members of the community came together this holiday season to decorate over 600 trees at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Tree Trim.  But what happens to all those trees after the holidays are over?

Teamsters Local 727 members employed by the Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo repurposed many of the leftover trees, giving them a second life as enrichment treats for many of the zoo’s residents.  Hudson the polar bear’s tree was decorated with fish and fresh veggies while Whirl the tiger’s tree was hung upside-down and covered in meat!

Chicago news stations recently highlighted Local 727 members’ creative use of the trees.  Take a look at NBC5’s and ABC7’s features to see the animals enjoying their treats.

“We are so proud to count Brookfield Zoo workers among our Brothers and Sisters,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “Their unwavering dedication to the animals under their care is admirable and inspiring.  I hope everyone has the opportunity to visit the Zoo and see our members’ hard work for themselves.”

Want to support your fellow Teamsters with a trip to the zoo?  General admission to Brookfield Zoo is free on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in January and February!

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