Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S. Park Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-6200
willowbrook
@dupageforest.org
 

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Hours of Operation

The center and the surrounding Willowbrook Forest Preserve are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on select holidays.

Living With Wildlife

To address common issues with DuPage wildlife, visit Living With Wildlife in DuPage County.

Programs and Events

For upcoming programs and events at Willowbrook, visit the Calendar of Events.

Donations

Donations are greatly appreciated to care for orphaned and injured wildlife.

Newsletter

Read the quarterly newsletter.

 

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is a native wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals. It also serves as a resource to teach DuPage County's residents about living in harmony with local wildlife.

Found an Injured or Orphaned Wild Animal?

Willowbrook accepts wildlife Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a. m. to 5 p.m. Use the patient entrance door on the north side of the main building.

Found an animal after-hours? Call (630) 942-6200 for advice from a 24-hour automated phone line. Or, view more about after-hours care.

Wild Animal Acceptance Policy

Willowbrook treats injured, ill and orphaned wildlife native to DuPage County, including eastern chipmunks, eastern cottontails, mink, muskrats, opossums, gray and fox squirrels, woodchucks, small rodents, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, weasels, songbirds, birds of prey, waterfowl, migratory birds, turtles, snakes, frogs, salamanders, and toads.

We also help other agencies and rescuers find licensed rehabilitators for animals our center does not accept, including those found outside of DuPage County. We offer nest boxes for healthy squirrels and raccoons.

We accept native mammals and birds raised as pets and will attempt to reverse any taming. If efforts are unsuccessful, an appropriate permanent home cannot be found for the animal or it is unable to survive in the wild, it will be humanely euthanized.  

Education Programs

Families, children, Scouts and youth groups can enjoy a variety of fun programs about birds of prey, mammals and insects throughout the year. Willowbrook also offers programs that meet state-curriculum standards for grammar and high-school classes. View the Teachers Guide or Scouting Guide.

Visitor Center

Our visitor center offers a closer view of native wild species. Windows look in the kitchen and nursery, where staff and volunteers prepare specialized diets and care for baby animals. The classroom and indoor discovery area have games, puzzles and other activities that give children a different way to explore. The center also provides restrooms and a drinking fountain.

Outdoor Exhibits

Wild species native to DuPage County that have permanent disabilities live in exhibits along the center’s outdoor trail. Several native animals with permanent disabilities live in enclosures along the center’s outdoor exhibit trail. Willowbrook’s butterfly garden showcases landscape ideas to attract native and migrating butterflies and other wildlife to the backyard.

Nature Trail

Our Nature Trail features prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland habitats and animals of DuPage County. A half-mile outer loop and a shorter inner loop travel through 40 acres of restored habitats. An enclosed wetland habitat houses two state-threatened sandhill cranes.

Willowbrook Volunteers

Volunteers assist our center’s staff by preparing specialized diets, cleaning cages, rearing orphaned wildlife and teaching about wildlife. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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