Despite tornadoes damaging the zoo and killing two animals, Summerfield Zoo, 3088 Flora Road in Belvidere, has announced that with the help and support of the Stateline, they will still open for the season April 25 and 26. Details here.


After 11 tornadoes hit Illinois and one taking out Summerfield Zoo on April 9, it looked as if the zoo would not be able to open this season, if ever again. After a tremendous outpouring of financial and physical support from the Stateline, repairs have been taking place daily. According to The Rock River Times, enough repairs have been done to open as planned for the 2015 season on schedule.

“Immediately after the tornado struck, we knew that there was no chance that would we be able to open for the 2015 season.  The wonderful people of this community and surrounding areas have proved us wrong.   We aren’t going to be completely rebuilt and not all of the animals are going to be back in their regular habitats but we look forward to welcoming the public in to see the progress that has been made,” says Rick Anderson, one of the owners of Summerfield Zoo.

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Want to take the family out on an adventure? Summerfield Zoo is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children with all proceeds going to the care of the animals.

It may be a small step back to "getting back to normal" in the Stateline after the tornadoes, but it is still a step in the right direction.