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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!


melissa poston

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Not a super big zoo but a perfect day trip for a toddler. I would recommend grabbing a snack and then getting on the train. Gives you a few minutes to sit and snack while also seeing more of the zoo. Nice sized petting zoo so don't forget quarters for the feed machines.. awesome and amazing kids park out front.. our kid could have run around there all day long.

Rajesh Subramanian

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Great little zoo less than an hour from Champaign-Urbana. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Deanna Durbin

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Great place to spend time with your kids and family! The petting zoo is so much fun.

Jeffrey Crosby

Thursday, May 17, 2018
I'm a member and kids always have a good time. Not growing very much though.

Giant Catbass

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Scovill Zoo in Decatur, Illinois, is one of 210 zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with 96 species spanning six continents and around 500 animals in residence. The zoo originally started out as a farm in 1967 when the Kiwanis Club donated money for its construction. Scovill Zoo has its own chapter of the AAZK or American Association of Zoo Keepers. The zoo participates in a large number of conservation projects and education.

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