Brookfield Zoo

Cicadas Make a High-Protein Snack for Brookfield Zoo Animals

Several animals at Brookfield Zoo are enjoying Illinois' newly emerged cicadas as a nutritious snack

Lynette Kleisner

The early emergence of cicadas in Illinois provided animals at the Brookfield Zoo a rare treat.

Officials at the zoo west of Chicago said the red-eyed cicadas make for a nutritious snack that’s high in protein and low in fat.

Animal care staff this week provided cicadas to white-throated monitor lizards, meerkats, golden-lion tamarins and the owl-like tawny frogmouth. Sloth bears also got a share, frozen in ice.

Brookfield Zoo officials say some of the animals were shy about approaching the cicadas and watched the insects before eating them.

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