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Phillips Park Zoo, Aurora

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Phillips Park Zoo is located on the grounds of Phillips Park, in Aurora, Illinois, USA. It was originally established in 1915, and is still open year-round with no admission charge. It was once home to exotic animals such as giraffes and monkeys, but the zoo's focus changed to native animals after Brookfield Zoo was opened in 1934.HistoryAfter Phillips Park Zoo was established in 1915, a bird house was built in 1916. By 1920, the zoo had 5 black bears, 10 monkeys, 6 elk, 3 buffalo, 2 foxes, 1 wolf, and 1 deer, in addition to hundreds of birds. Unfortunately, a hailstorm destroyed the original bird house in 1933. After the loss of the bird house and Brookfield Zoo opening in 1934, the Phillips Park Zoo refocused on displaying native animals. In 1937, mastodon bones and tusks, which were found in the park, were on display at the zoo causing it to also be known as a museum. Only two major projects took place in the zoo history between 1937 to the 1980s. In 1950, a barn was built. Then in 1964, a water wheel was added to the zoo. Swans and other farmyard animals now have their exhibits around these original structures. From the 1980s to present time, the zoo has created new exhibit areas and added additional animals. The latest of these additions was the cougar exhibit which opened in 2005. Extensive work has also been done on the exhibits for otters, wolves, elks, and remodeling the reptile house. Animal additions included two bald eagles named Kenai and Denali, and Chopper the Caiman.
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  • There is so much to do. Hiking, picnicking, touring the zoo or visitors center, golfing, swimming, and much more. This park has gone through many changes through the years, but is better than ever. Cl...  read more »
  • Phillips park zoo is more like for picnics or for a barbecue.But we can get a rare chance to see mastodon's skeleton(most of the )we can find some restrooms at this gallery.I saw two vending machines ...  read more »
  • This a free zoo so you can't expect the world. It's a neat little park that is worth an hour of your time to see. The highlight is the reptile house that houses a couple of alligators several turtles ...  read more »
  • Hey.. Our own local Zoo and it's free what can you say.. They came a long way and still going.. Christmas time it's a tradition for the whole family to see the lights and give a nice donation to help these animals.. Thanks Phillips for wonderfully doing what you're doing..
  • This is such an awesome local zoo. A must see in Aurora. The staff is friendly, the animals are cool because they're all local. And there are some great spots to take photos too.
  • Cool small zoo. The pond attached to the zoo was the site where Mastadons were excavated and are displayed in the visitor center
  • Great small zoo and nice sunken garden. Will take about 20 minutes to see all the animals, especially cool is the reptile house.
  • Free! The zoo is really cute and the parks are great. Kids love the splash pad and the tram.
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