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LifeAsMummyPeanut
Chicago, IL403 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
A great little zoo filled with loved and well cared for animals. There were Llamas, goats, sheep, ponies, mini donkies, cows, fox, coyotes, some chickens, guinea hogs, owls, rabbits and some birds. Place has excellent facilities you can also book for events. The Animals are friendly and expect to be petted.

We went there for pumpkin Fest and there were some carnival rides for kids.

This place is small but uncrowded. Very beautiful.

People who go here wear masks when indoors and when there's a crowd. Very respectful people.

There is also a Cafe and gift shop. You can bring your own food. Lots of benches and picnic places.

Buy tickets online. We bought at the parking lot because there isn't much room for entry as it only gives you 15 minutes grace period in your timed entry.

Plenty of parking.
Written October 30, 2021
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PLan977
Winter Garden, FL697 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
During this December 2020 you need to make a reservation to enter. The cost is free as they are selling Christmas trees. If you go at around 4:30 PM , you will see a few animals. As it gets dark you can walk through a path to see Christmas lights. We spent about 20 minutes there and enjoyed everything.
Written December 7, 2020
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Juli P
1 contribution
Mar 2023
It was a fun little zoo. If you read about it online, you know what is available to see (it's ridiculous to expect it to be like Brookfield!) and I think we saw almost every animal they had listed, despite it being chilly out. I went with teenagers who enjoyed it as well but I think it's great for little kids who have a short expiration time! You can't beat the price and I look forward to going there again in warmer weather.
Written March 31, 2023
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Tom M
Addison, IL193 contributions
Jul 2022
Many exhibits closed but still paying $9+&1.40 processing fee for barely an hour. All the ponds are empty and no ducks because of bird disease. Not many animals. Pretty boring this year. We were disappointed after coming for so many years.
Written July 1, 2022
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BirderHerper
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Fantastic exhibits native wildlife with some exotic so but the focus is definitely on Illinois animals. The Passion of this facility with all of the keepers and staff is amazing and they keep meticulous exhibits caring for these animals in extraordinary ways. This is a perfect place to come especially when you have small children that have short attention spans it doesn't take long to get through the whole zoo but it is absolutely worth every minute that you're there. There are so many hands on experiences and behind the scenes that it makes the zoo so much different than others.
Written February 6, 2020
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reviewer275
Bolingbrook, IL19 contributions
Jul 2022
I won a membership as a part of silent auction for my sons school. Therefore the money goes towards his school. Big disappointment after enjoying it in the past. The duck ponds are drained due to bird flu. The bob cat died and will be replaced by a lynx. The racoons are gone (they acted like I was crazy but I know they had them before). Except for barnyard animals and llamas there is little to do there. They want to be a premier zoo but have a long way to go with so few animals.
Written July 2, 2022
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Brian K
1 contribution
Jun 2022
The price is way to much for the experience. It was $7 per adult not that long ago. This time it said $9. I'm discouraged but whatever. I said 2 adults and the employee says $22. I'm like 9+9 is $18. She said a $2 processing fee per ticket! First they never had that before, and second, I'm paying cash to walk in... What are you processing!? Been going for years but not after this experience.
Written June 24, 2022
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Beth
Chicago, IL37 contributions
May 2022
This place was super cute and the folks that worked there were super friendly. I attended a birthday party here, and it was the first time I have ever been to this zoo. It is on the small size, but it was super cute and adorable! I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area!
Written May 31, 2022
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Christine M
Cross Plains, TN225 contributions
sure people may make comments on how nice and convenient this zoo is for them--- but what a living nightmare for the animals!! Animals have very poor space, water bottles not filled, rabbits had no shelter, raccoons kept in a electrified fence, animals looked sad and bored.
Written May 24, 2015
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Sir Frankie Crisp
Chicago, IL20 contributions
Jun 2020
This place is so fun, educational, and cute.
I would completely recommend coming here with family or friends
Written June 21, 2020
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