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Scovill Zoo

71 South Country Club Road

    Nestled along the shores of Lake Decatur, Scovill Zoo is home to more than 400 animals spanning six continents. Originally called Scovill Farm, the zoo was built by the Decatur Park District in 1966 and opened to the public in 1967. The original animal collection has evolved over the years to include cheetahs, camels, meerkats, flamingos, zebras, and more! Penguins will make their debut in 2013. Scovill Zoo earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2001. The zoo has since passed two more accreditation inspections in 2006 and 2011.

Accreditation shows that Scovill Zoo meets the highest standards for animal care, exhibit maintenance, education, conservation, and administration. Scovill Zoo is an educational, family-friendly destination for residents across Central Illinois. Nearly 100,000 individuals visit the zoo each year. In addition to viewing and learning about the fascinating zoo animals, guests enjoy the Endangered Species Carousel, Z.O. & O. Express Train, and community-built Project Playground. Educational programs are offered year-round, with summer camps, zoo "safaris," mobile zoos, and winter classroom programs. This community gem truly offers something for everyone!


Amber Shippam

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
We love this zoo! There are alot of great animals, and the zoo is very well kept. My daughter really loved the penguins and the zebras and my son loved the indoor building of all the snakes and bugs. There is a cute carousel that sits in the center, a great playground, and their snack bar prices are very reasonable. Definitely a place to check out if you are in the area.

Shavonne Pounders

Friday, July 20, 2018
It's a small zoo and doesn't have a lot of animals, but the staff is extremely friendly which is a HUGE plus especially when dealing with small children. They keep the zoo clean and surprisingly the odor isn't offensive or unpleasant to where you can't enjoy a meal inside the zoo with the animals, but if you are completely opposed to that they have a beautiful and HUGE playground outside the zoo with picnic tables + umbrellas for a great picnic. The animals they do have are definitely fun & the right mix for the kids to really enjoy themselves. They also offer a animal carousel and train ride for the children which are both quite fun (the train ride isn't that long due to the zoo being smaller, but it is still very nice & the kids really love it). It can be expensive though and I would advice packing a picnic over the food they sell, but otherwise it is an AMAZING experience for families with small children.

Tom Riech

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Nice small community zoo. Don't expect to see lions, tigers, and bears. But there were some cheetahs and zebras the kids loved. Giant playground for the kids out front also. We had a good time.

Jay Mattern

Saturday, July 7, 2018
This zoo is relatively small but has an extreme amount of heart. The animals are well taken care of and seem happy. Every exhibit was a delight to see. This place was clean and well kept. I highly recommend this zoo.

dylan berry

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Rather small but good size for the area. I'm told it's the only zoo in Illinois with cheetahs. Scovill did just get some new wolves. But there are still too many empty exhibits. They will also be expanding the train tracks to go iver to the Children's Museum next door.

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