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updated: 4/23/2016 5:42 PM

Visitors celebrate Earth Day, animals at Cosley Zoo

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  • Joe Welter helps his son Killian,1, of Villa Park build a bird house. People from all over came to celebrate the wonders of the natural world and learn how they can help to keep it safe. Environmentally friendly organizations and business were at Cosley Zoo  to educate about how little actions can make a big difference in the community.

      Joe Welter helps his son Killian,1, of Villa Park build a bird house. People from all over came to celebrate the wonders of the natural world and learn how they can help to keep it safe. Environmentally friendly organizations and business were at Cosley Zoo to educate about how little actions can make a big difference in the community.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Gavin McKeen works with a flooding exhibit at Cosley Zoo. It showed how water runoff impacts rivers and lakes. People from all over came to celebrate the wonders of the natural world and learn how they can help to keep it safe. Environmentally friendly organizations and business showed how little actions can make a big difference in the community.

      Gavin McKeen works with a flooding exhibit at Cosley Zoo. It showed how water runoff impacts rivers and lakes. People from all over came to celebrate the wonders of the natural world and learn how they can help to keep it safe. Environmentally friendly organizations and business showed how little actions can make a big difference in the community.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Cosley Zoo joined more than 100 other zoos across the nation in celebrating Earth Day with a Party for the Planet Saturday.

The party at the Wheaton zoo included a performance by Dave Orleans, who played recycled instruments and did some "earthsinging," emphasizing environmental themes.

In addition, local conservation groups met with visitors to discuss their eco-friendly work, including The Conservation Foundation, SCARCE and the Wheaton Park District Green Team.

Of course, visitors had a chance to celebrate the animals as well, with duck feedings, chicken feedings, up-close viewings of a bobcat training session and animal presentations.

The Cosley Zoo held the event in conjunction with other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to give visitors a chance to consider how their daily activities impact the environment. Cosley received its fourth consecutive accreditation from the association this past September.

"By helping to foster an appreciation for the Earth and its resources, we hope to inspire others to do their part to keep it healthy and protect our wildlife," Cosley Zoo Education Manager Natasha Fischer said in a statement.

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