In May 2015 the Brookfield chapter of the AAZK receives the "Protector of Vital Ground" bronze for helping protect and connect grizzly bear habitat in the northern Rockies.
Fundraiser for The Vital Ground Foundation on April 12, 2018
Brookfield, Ill., is the home of the Brookfield American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and the Chicago Zoological Society, a private nonprofit that operates the Brookfield Zoo. This local chapter is a nonprofit volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and others dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.
The Brookfield Chapter hosts annual spaghetti dinner fundraisers to help protect and conserve grizzly bear habitat and other conservation causes. Since 2010, they have raised more than $45,000 for The Vital Ground Foundation.