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Edith Rockefeller McCormick Society

Your Zoo — Your Vision — Your Legacy

Nearly 100 years ago, Edith Rockefeller McCormick donated 83 acres to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with the vision of building a large zoological park with modern construction and open enclosures similar to those she had enjoyed in Europe.  And, in 1933, the George F. Getz family provided much of the foundation of the early zoo through their gift of 330 animals from their private collection.  Together, they helped to create the foundation of the Brookfield Zoo people know and love today. 

Many have followed in their footsteps over the years by including the Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo in their estate plans. Today, we invite you to consider joining this special group of individuals who wish to make a difference for future generations by creating your own legacy and joining the Edith Rockefeller McCormick Society.

Benefits You Receive When You Become a Member:

  • Zoo membership privileges
  • Invitations to exclusive events, including the annual recognition event for Edith Rockefeller McCormick Society members
  • Recognition in select print and online materials, as well as in public signage
  • An exclusive Edith Rockefeller McCormick Society membership pin
  • The knowledge that you have inspired conservation leadership by helping us connect people with wildlife and nature
  • For more details on how you can become a member, download the brochure by clicking here.



    For more information about Planned Giving, please contact:
    Denise L. Bartolotta
    Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
    Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
    3300 Golf Road
    Brookfield, Illinois 60513
    EdithRockefellerMcCormickSociety@czs.org
    (708) 688-8174
    Fax (708) 688-7392
    www.czs.org