Phillips Park Zoo and its collection

Phillips Park Zoo

Phillips Park Zoo, situated in Aurora, Illinois, United States, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1915. The zoo is open year-round and does not charge an admission fee, making it an accessible destination for all visitors. Over the years, the zoo has evolved from housing exotic animals to focusing on native species, reflecting the changing trends in animal conservation and public interest.

Focus on Native Animals

The opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934 marked a significant shift in the focus of Phillips Park Zoo. Since then, the zoo has concentrated on showcasing native animals, providing visitors with an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the local fauna. This change in focus has allowed the zoo to contribute to the conservation of native species and educate the public about their importance.

New Exhibits and Animal Additions

From the 1980s to the present, Phillips Park Zoo has been continually evolving and expanding. New exhibit areas have been created and additional animals have been added to the zoo's collection. The latest of these additions was the cougar exhibit, which opened in 2005. The zoo has also undertaken extensive work on the exhibits for otters, wolves, elks, and the reptile house, ensuring that the animals have suitable habitats and that visitors have the best possible viewing experience.

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Phillips Park Zoo
1000 Ray Moses Dr
IL 60505 Aurora

Visitor information Phillips Park Zoo

Opening hours

Summer Hours:
June 1st - Sept. 30th:
Open Thursday- Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Wednesdays

Regular Hours:
October 1st - May 31st:
Open Thursday- Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Closed on Wednesdays
The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.




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1000 Ray Moses Dr, Aurora

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