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Peoria Zoo

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Glen Oak Zoo had it's beginnings in the late 1800's when a herd of elk was donated to the Peoria Park District. Over the next fifty years, the "zoo" moved to several locations, eventually near the lagoon in Glen Oak Park.


In order to develop a more formal collection, advice was sought from Marlin Perkins, Director of the St. Louis Zoo and later star of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and local architect Cletis Foley. The current Glen Oak Zoo exhibits building opened in 1955.


The Zoo took on a more professional appearance, emphasizing education, conservation and recreation.Friends of Glen Oak Zoo was formed and collaborated with the Peoria Park District to offer new animals and exhibits.


In it's ongoing commitment to provide a quality attraction where people of all ages could appreciate the wonders of nature, Glen Oak Zoo became an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: Admission Gates close at 4:30.Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.


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