Daily Activities

Cosley Zoo maintains 20 exhibits, housing more than 200 animals that represent more than 70 species. Every exhibit provides guests with an educational, safe, and fun way to personally interact with nature.

Discovery Station

Programs are free, open to all ages, and may include animal encounters, amphitheater presentations, and animal training sessions. Look for the Discovery Station sign located on the walkway into the zoo.

April-May: Weekends at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
June-August: Daily at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

*All times are weather permitting.

Bobcats Backstage

A unique experience with the bobcats!

Join zookeepers for an exclusive behind-the scenes visit with the bobcats. Learn about this amazing feline as you enjoy a close-up view of a training session.


Duck Feeding

Duck feeding will be offered daily, March 29-April 6 and April 19-October 13, 2014 from 10-10:30am and 3-3:30pm, weather permitting.

Cost: $1/serving


Eco-Exploration Backpack Tours

Cosley Zoo is offering backpack tours that will help families experience Cosley Zoo in a whole new way. These eco-friendly packs are filled with hands-on activities and discovery items such as scent jars, binoculars, and duck identification cards. Each pack focuses on a different theme and will act as a "tour guide" as you make your way through the zoo, highlighting various exhibits and promoting animal and habitat conservation messages. So, test your senses with our Animal Senses tour or venture into the Illinois Wilds today.

Backpack tours are a great way for parents and children to explore the zoo together.

Fee $2 per pack, per visit.

Successfully complete your adventure and receive an official Eco-Explorer button. Complete each theme to collect all eight buttons!

Packs can be checked out from the Wild Side Gift Shop.

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