Illinois alumnus on geriatric animal life at Brookfield Zoo

Michael Adkesson (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society)

The population of geriatric animals at Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium is increasing, a result of generally improving care for animals in mainstream zoos and aquariums across the country. “A lot of our animals end up on medications that are very similar to what you’d probably find in the drug cabinet of an older person in a nursing home,” says Mike Adkesson, ’02 VM, DVM ‘04, vice president of clinical medicine for Brookfield.

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