- Saturday - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
Our Living Collection is beloved by people of all ages. You can play a direct role in the care of these special and unique animals. When you adopt an animal, your contribution is directly used to provide food and general care for our most special residents.
Adopt-an-Animal today and receive an official adoption certificate, a photo of your animal and a fact sheet with your animal’s name and all of the important and interesting details that make it unique. All materials will be sent via e-mail in keeping with our dedication to being green. Animal adoption is only $35.
Choose Your Animal to Adopt
The Eastern Box turtle is native to North America where it is found in open woodland and meadow edges and sometimes near pond and lake edges. The Nature Museum has one male and two female Eastern Box turtles all of which are in their mid to late twenties.
These almost entirely aquatic turtles are found in shallow rivers and lake edges with sand or mud bottoms. The Museum has one male Spiny Soft-Shell turtle named Pancake. Pancake gets very excited at feeding time and will sometimes splash whomever is feeding him!
Corn snakes are native to North America where they are found in pine barrens, wood lots and on rocky hillsides. Corn snakes have been domesticated longer than any other snake species and are a popular first choice for potential new snake owners.
Fox snakes are North American non-venomous snakes often mistaken for copperheads or rattlesnakes. The Fox snake is so named because, if alarmed, it will produce a musk that smells like a fox.
Button Quail are native to Australia and Asia where they are found in open woodland and brush. The Button Quail at the Museum were introduced into the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven to help control the ant and cockroach populations.