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Scovill Zoo

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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!

Zoo Attractions

Endangered Species Carousel

Specially designed for Scovill Zoo, the carousel is unique to Central Illinois. It features 30 colorful, hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species from across the globe.

The Endangered Species Carousel offers a unique educational opportunity for visitors and provides an innovative way to encourage kids of all ages to learn more about conservation. From the colorful puffin to the exotic Malayan sunbear, from the unusual capybara to the popular zebra, a one-of-a-kind animal experience awaits you. You can contribute to this experience! Adopt an Animal aboard our carousel through our Carousel Gift Opportunities. For more information about adopting a carousel animal, please call Kathy Winter at Scovill Zoo: 421-7436.

The ADA-accessible carousel is located at the entrance of Scovill Zoo. Two chariots on the carousel accommodate wheelchairs. Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult.

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Spring Hours (4/6 - 5/24):M-F 10am - 5pm Sat-Sun 10am - 7pm
Summer Hours (5/25 - 8/18):Daily 10am - 7pm


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