common_barn_owlDaily Activities

Cosley Zoo maintains 20 exhibits, housing more than 125 animals that represent over 50 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.

  • Available daily 11-11:30A; must be checked in by 10:45A
  • Sign up in the Wild Side Gift Shop or call 630-665-5534 to make a reservation
  • $12 per person. 10% discount for Wild Bunch Plus and Keeper Club member levels.

Duck Feeding

Duck feeding takes place 10:00-10:30 and 3:00-3:30 daily, weather permitting, from April 15-October 9, 2017.

  • Cost: $1/serving

Chicken Feeding

Chicken feeding takes place 11:30-11:45 and 1:30-1:45 daily, weather permitting, from March 25-October 31, 2017.

  • 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 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. 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 $3 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.