Community Alert: As related by Brookfield Zoo, please know that the police presence at the Zoo is out of an abundance of caution for attendees and the surrounding community due to a potential threat. Please keep clear of the area.
The zoo said it was notified of a "potential threat" and asked visitors to shelter in place "due to an abundance of caution." The zoo is now closed. It called the situation "developing."
"Out of an abundance of caution, visitors at Brookfield Zoo right now are asked to shelter in place and follow guidance by emergency responders and police on site. This is a developing situation, and we will give you updates as they become available," the zoo said on Twitter.
The Riverside Police Department is working with Brookfield Police and Brookfield Zoo Police to actively investigate the situation throughout the park and surrounding area.