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.”
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 cosleyzoo.org.