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!


David Boedecker

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Boo at the zoo was a lot of fun. Decent animals. Not great. But the train is cool for the kids.

Ruth Siburt

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Scovill park in Decatur is one of the most beatiful spots around. Located on the shores of Lake Decatur it offers a kid friendly playground, a varity of scupltures a zoo in season and picnicking places. I love this park!

Mike Topps

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Scovill really does a great job! The zoo is always clean and there are a number of animals! I am a Chicago native and being so have two great zoo options. I visited Scovill with my kids a number of times and it has always been enjoyable.

Keely Dickenson

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Wonderful zoo and playground. They need slightly longer business hours though. If you don't arrive an hour before closing time they won't let you in!? But it's not displayed online anywhere. Very sad kiddos :(

Joshua Beals

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

This is a very good place for small children to go and enjoy multiple types of animals. There is even a petting zoo section with various types of animals, not just common farm animals. It may not be a very large Zoo, but it is still good quality Kama as a train ride that goes around the park, and also has a gift shop.