Aurora, IL - Phillips Park Zoo

Congrats to Phillips Park Zoo's new manager, Margaret Bowen!

Phillips Park Zoo is an Auroran icon with its park facilities, including pavilions, playgrounds, beautiful sunken garden and zoo.

This is a great place to visit.  I have been going there there since I was a kid. 

I have great memories of visiting all the animals (loved seeing Judy the bear) and ice skating where the elks are now and much more!

Phillips Park Zoo is another reason why I love Aurora so much!

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Phillips Park Zoo's mission is to provide a safe environment where students and visitors can gain a better understanding of the aniaml world and its enviornment through recreation and education, as well as providing professional care for the animals housed at the zoo, while promoting a positive image of the zoo and surround park, enhancing the qualify of life. enhancing the quality of life.

Admission is free!

The zoo has grown and now has bald eagles, hawks, owls, falcons,

grey wolves, cougars, otters, llamas, elk, goats, repitles, swans,

turkeys, peacocks and more! 

There are approximately 100 aniamls representing 41 different species.

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  Zoo Information


Phillips Park Zoo and Visitor Center

100 Ray Moses Drive

Aurora, IL 60506

For more information, see news release below.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016



AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora is pleased to announce that longtime zoologist Margaret Bowen has taken the helm of Phillips Park Zoo and will lead the 101-year-old Aurora zoo as its next Zoo Manager.
Bowen has nearly 20 years of experience working in the animal care field at zoos and animal clinics throughout the country. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from Oswego State University in New York and a follow-up specialized Associate's Degree in Zoo Animal Science Technology from the Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, FL.
"I look forward to continue increasing our animal inhabitants at Phillips Park Zoo while strengthening the quality of our education and conservation programs," said Bowen.
Bowen is a seasoned zoologist and a proven team leader with a wide range of leadership experiences, including coaching corporate teams on communications and maximizing group dynamics.
Prior to coming to Phillips Park Zoo, Bowen served as a Veterinary Technician at the Animal Medical Clinic in Rockford, IL; the Client Care Manager at Bethany Animal Hospital in Sycamore, IL; and an Animal Keeper/Lead Trainer at the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, GA.
During her tenure as Curator/Registrar of the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, Kansas, she led the institution in the process of applying for accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the most widely recognized international accreditation program for zoos.
"I am excited about being able to work with such a great team at Phillips Park Zoo," said Bowen. "The zookeepers here have great passion and dedication for the work they do and I think we all can really look forward to a great future for this historic zoo."

Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships. 

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