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Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights & Trees

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The lights will shine brighter than ever this year at Cosley Zoo’s Festival of Lights, in celebration of a few dazzling new additions to the family destination Chicago Magazine named “The Best Small Zoo” in Chicagoland.


Enhancements to the zoo include a new butterfly garden, improvements to the aviary, a newly constructed amphitheater, as well as a specially designed and sculpted habitat for two frisky North American bobcats.


“The Bobcat exhibit recreates a natural habitat,” said Arthur Pape, President of the Cosley Foundation board. “It’s a whole new level for Cosley Zoo.”


Admission to the zoo is free for all visitors during Cosley’s “Festival of Lights,” which begins the day after Thanksgiving and continues through New Year's Eve.


Last year, over 12,000 local residents toured the zoo during the festival. Guests can visit with the animals, while enjoying thousands of twinkling lights and dozens of hand-decorated trees created by local Wheaton scout, school and church groups. Hot chocolate, stocking stuffers and holiday decorations, including freshly cut Christmas trees are available for purchase.


The Festival of Lights is open daily from 9am to 9pm. Lights come on at 3pm. (Christmas eve and New Year’s eve the zoo will close early at noon. Christmas Day the zoo remains closed all day.)


To find out more about Cosley Zoo, visit www.cosleyzoo.org or call 630-665-5534. Cosley Zoo is located at 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton.

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