Bundle up for a visit to Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo

Getting stir crazy indoors? Cosley Zoo in Wheaton remains open seven days a week this winter, offering families with a fun, safe, socially-distanced outdoor experience.

On a footprint of approximately 5 acres, Cosley Zoo gives visitors an up-close interaction with nature right in the heart of DuPage County. The zoo is home to native Illinois wildlife and farm animals and offers natural habitats for white-tailed deer, red fox, bobcat, coyote, llama, horse and more.

Pre-reserved, timed tickets are required for all admissions at cosleyzoo.org. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last ticket time at 3 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors over age 55. Admission is free for Wheaton Park District residents, Cosley Zoo members, and all children, age 17 and under.

Cosley Zoo has a host of safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the visitors, staff and animals.

These measures include a one-way path through the zoo, signage encouraging social distancing between groups, increased cleaning and sanitation procedures, and the closure of some indoor spaces and high-touch areas. All guests over the age of 2 should wear a mask when a minimum of 6-foot social distance cannot be maintained.

Exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.

The Wild Side Gift Shop is currently open with limited capacity.

“While many of us like to stay warm and cozy during cold weather, the winter is actually a great time to visit the zoo. Not only are the animals very active, but spending a little time outside in nature can do wonders for both our mental and physical health,” said Sue Wahlgren, Cosley Zoo director.

Last month, the zoo saw more than 31,000 visitors during its annual Festival of Lights & Christmas Tree Sale fundraiser.

The zoo is also offering a variety of virtual programming including behind-the-scenes tours, animal training and feeding demonstrations, science experiments and storytelling. Details are available at cosleyzoo.org.

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