One More Thing: Turkey Vulture

 Georgette, Brookfield Zoo’s turkey vulture is ready for her close up (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Georgette, Brookfield Zoo’s turkey vulture is ready for her close up (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Turkey takes the center stage this week, unfortunately for the turkey it’ll be a one time performance, except for in a sandwich on Friday. Brookfield Zoo’s Andre Copeland introduced First Light host Brian O’Keefe to Georgette, she’s one of North America’s largest bird species. While turkey is part of her name, it’s a safe bet neither Georgette nor any of her relatives will be on anyone’s Thanksgiving menu

 Georgette, the turkey vulture shows off her four foot wingspan at Brookfield Zoo (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Georgette, the turkey vulture shows off her four foot wingspan at Brookfield Zoo (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

One More Thing: Fasting and Feasting

fasting.jpg

This week for the ‘One More Thing’ segment lets check in with WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe. Every few weeks Tim tells us what he’s been reading…and if he liked it. This time around…Adam Federman’s biography Fasting and Feasting about the life of legendary food writer Patience Gray

One More Thing: Fluffy, the bird eating spider

For this week’s ‘One More Thing’ segment, Brookfield Zoo’s Andre Copeland explains why he likes the giant ‘Bird Eating Spider’ so much

 Fluffy, Brookfield Zoo’s Bird Eating Spider, is the kind of critter that induces nightmares. The hairy arachnid is more than 10 inches across when its legs are fully extended (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Fluffy, Brookfield Zoo’s Bird Eating Spider, is the kind of critter that induces nightmares. The hairy arachnid is more than 10 inches across when its legs are fully extended (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

One More Thing: Brookfield Zoo's Gerenuk

This week, for the ‘One More Thing’ segment, First Light host Brian O’Keefe took a trip out to Brookfield Zoo. Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler took Brian to see one of his favorite animals at the zoo.

 Brookfield Zoo has two small antelope species on display. The Gerenuk uses its long neck to reach vegetation other animals can’t reach. Meanwhile the tiny DikDik relies on finding food closer to the ground (Photo Courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Brookfield Zoo has two small antelope species on display. The Gerenuk uses its long neck to reach vegetation other animals can’t reach. Meanwhile the tiny DikDik relies on finding food closer to the ground (Photo Courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

One More Thing: Brookfield's Guinea Fowl & Pea Fowl

Brookfeild Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler and First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped to see the group of birds that freely roam throughout the zoo for this week’s ‘One More Thing’ segment

 You’re likely to encounter the Guinea Fowl roaming the open spaces at Brookfield Zoo (photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

You’re likely to encounter the Guinea Fowl roaming the open spaces at Brookfield Zoo
(photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

One More Thing: Brookfield's Tortoises

This week, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler took First Light host Brian O'Keefe to see to the zoo's new exhibit of giant tortises.

tortise-3.jpg
 Giant tortoise at Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit space on the north side of Tropic World (photo courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society)

Giant tortoise at Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit space on the north side of Tropic World
(photo courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society)

One More Thing: Brookfield's Pangolins

This week for the ‘One More Thing’ segment First Light host Brian O'Keefe takes you out to Brookfield Zoo and the ‘Habitat Africa…the Forest’ exhibit area. The Zoo's Vice President of Animal Program Bill Zeigler shares the story of the strange looking Pangolin

 One of the white bellied pangolins at Brookfield Zoo. The scale covered mammal is one of the most heavily trafficked animals in the world (photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo)

One of the white bellied pangolins at Brookfield Zoo. The scale covered mammal is one of the most heavily trafficked animals in the world (photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo)

One More Thing: Amazing Arachnids

For this week’s ‘One More Thing’…First Light host Brian O'Keefe takes you out to Brookfield Zoo for the shows periodic ‘At The Zoo’ segment. This time around the focus of the trip is a special exhibit of spiders and scorpions.

 he ornamental baboon tarantula, which is found in Africa, is one of 100 arachnids that can be seen at Brookfield Zoo’s Amazing Arachnids exhibit (photo courtesy of Jim Schultz and The Chicago Zoological Society)

he ornamental baboon tarantula, which is found in Africa, is one of 100 arachnids that can be seen at Brookfield Zoo’s Amazing Arachnids exhibit (photo courtesy of Jim Schultz and The Chicago Zoological Society)