Cosley Zoo in Wheaton remains open during winter months

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton remains open seven days a week this winter, committed to providing families with a fun, safe, socially-distanced outdoor experience.

On a footprint of about 5 acres, Cosley Zoo in DuPage County gives visitors an up-close interaction with nature, a news release stated. It is home to native Illinois wildlife and farm animals and offers natural habitats for white-tailed deer, red fox, bobcat, coyote, llama, horse and many more.

“While many of us like to stay warm and cozy during cold weather, the winter is actually a great time to visit the zoo,” Sue Wahlgren, director of Cosley Zoo, stated in the release. “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.”

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

Admission is free for all youth ages 17 and younger, Wheaton Park District residents and zoo members. Admission costs $8 for nonresident adults and $7 for seniors age 55 or older.

Cosley Zoo has a host of safety measures in place to help ensure the health and well-being of the visitors, staff and animals. The 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 age 2 or older should wear a mask when a minimum of 6 feet of 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 currently is open with limited capacity.

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