Flash is a two-toed sloth living at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere. (Photo by Olson Photography/Provided by Summerfield Zoo)
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    BELVIDERE — Summerfield Zoo, a small zoo that provides visitors with close encounters of exotic animals and rescues, will open for the 2024 season this weekend.

    The zoo, 3088 Flora Road, has a range of animals from arctic wolves to bobcats, hyenas, monkeys, otters and Grant’s zebras, among many other mammals, reptiles and birds. It will open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    “We are excited to share our spring babies and welcome everyone back to the zoo for the new season,” Rick Anderson, owner of Summerfield Zoo, said in a news release. “We are also excited to share a new way to visit the zoo this year. There is now a train that tours select animal areas, which will add a fun way for kids – and adults – to enjoy their time at the zoo.”

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    Admission is $14 per adult, $12 for seniors and $10 for children with proceeds going toward the care of the animals, many of which are rescues.

    Know before you go | Summerfield Zoo

    Where: 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere

    Opening weekend: April 20-21, 2024

    Admission: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $10 children.

    Contact: 815-547-4852

    On the web: summerfieldfarmandzoo.com

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