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Chicago Hilton Ensures the Lion Sleeps Tonight


Tigers are also sleeping better at the Brookfield Zoo thanks to a donation by Hilton in Chicago.

The animals at the Brookfield Zoo may wish they still rested their weary heads on the African Savannah grasses in the wild, but at least their new sheets have a high-thread count. That’s because the Hilton Chicago /Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center has donated 500 sheets, pillow cases, blankets and duvet covers to the zoo as off-exhibit area bedding for its endangered animals. This is the second year the resort has supplied fresh linens to a Chicago-area zoo.

But in case you think people matter, too, the hotel also donates used linens to local homeless shelters.

Pillow cases have the most fun adaptation. They’re used for transporting snakes (think about that the next time you pull your bedspread down). In addition to regular and medical procedure bedding, linens are used in the zoo’s art activities for kids, such as scarecrow-making in the fall and canvases for theater activities during summer camps.

Being environmentally sensitive is apparently in the Oaks Brook Hills Hilton’s DNA, because the resort has launched two other environmental programs, beekeeping and a Monarch Butterfly waystation, according to its press release.

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