World of Wonders (small animal building) at-a-glance

The 2,200-square-foot building will guide guests through different biomes, which immerse them in grasslands, forests, and deserts. The project will allow the zoo to have more animals on exhibit and allow the zoo to operate year-round. 

The new facility is being funded by a $750,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant provided by the state of Illinois. That was awarded to the Dundee Township Park District last March. The district will cover the remainder of the project.It features:

  • Habitats for our small mammals: reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates
  • Education regarding conservation and habitat protection
  • Bathroom Facilities

In addition to the new facility, a new permanent pony ride pavilion is being constructed to replace the current setup. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2024.

With the new animal building, the zoo can continue connecting the community with wildlife and nature to create a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and appreciation of the natural world.

We will continue to post updates and photos of the project's progress. Check back for more updates.


Randall Oaks Zoo gratefully acknowledges the following contributor to the World of Wonders building.

The Public Museum Capital Grants Program “ Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum

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