Cosley Zoo’s main building once

Cosley Zoo’s Douglas Depot once served as Wheaton’s first train station in the mid-1800s.


Cosley Zoo can provide you with amenities guaranteed to make your visit both comfortable and memorable.

While you are at the zoo, be sure to check out…

The Coyote Café Concession Stand: Open seasonally, weather permitting. The stand offers lunch staples including hot dogs and chicken nuggets, ice cream, snacks, and fountain beverages.

Large picnic area: Limited seating available seasonally. Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Washroom facilities with diaper changing stations.

Accessible walkway surfaces for those with special needs (also suitable for strollers).

The Wild Side Gift Shop: A fun place to find the perfect souvenir! Discover a wide range of gifts including shirts, plush, jewelry, toys, and more!

Rental Space: Cosley Zoo has several spaces that can be rented for parties, showers, meetings or other events. Click here to learn more about zoo rentals.

Cosley Zoo is Certified Sensory Inclusive

KultureCity has partnered with Cosley Zoo to make the zoo and all of its programs and events sensory inclusive. This initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with sensory issues that visit the zoo.

As part of the certification process, the staff at Cosley Zoo were trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Weighted lap pads and sensory bags equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards are available to guests who may feel overwhelmed by the zoo environment.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which can an enormous part of the zoo environment. With its new certification, Cosley Zoo is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.

Prior to visiting the zoo, families can download the free KultureCity app where they can learn about the sensory features which are available and where they can access them. Also on the app is Cosley Zoo’s Social Story, which will provide a preview of what to expect while visiting the zoo.

The KultureCity App can be downloaded here: or


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