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!