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Scovill Zoo
71 S. Country Club Rd
Decatur
IL
62521
Tel: 217 421 7435

Where are we going today?

Creatures from all across the world (some you might LOVE, some you might never have heard of!) all come together in the one place so the whole family can have unforgettable animal experiences...and that place is Scovill Zoo!

Do you love camels? Great, because they are waiting to say hi! Do you find wallabies fascinating? Yay! Because they are there too!

From zebu, alligators, sloths....Scovill Zoo has a host of weird and wonderful animals that kids can come face to face with. 

Have you ever wondered what makes a mammal, a mammal? From armadillos, opossums, spider monkeys, meerkats, cheetah's....Scovill Zoo is there to educate kids all about the animals, their habits, habitats, and of course to answer any questions ....like finding out what a mammal is! 

The zoo also has colorful birds, scaly reptiles, and slippery fish, as well as those amphibians! Kids can get up close to those long necked emus, or see those mighty birds of prey right in front of them!

They can look into the eyes of crocodiles and snakes, and watch the swimming patterns of some pretty amazing fish.

With more than 400 animals all coming together from 6 continents from across the world, it's a place which looks after the animals, supports conservation efforts, and gives families just like yours a chance to see some pretty amazing animals that we share the plenty with. 

Kids can enjoy the Endangered Species Carousel, or ride the express train, and even play in the community built playground.

Don't forget your camera and sense of wonder! You will need them!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6.25
  • Children$3.75 (Ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am - 6pm daily through summer, and fall weekends. 5pm close Fall weekdays

May to October

Teachers corner

Scovill Zoo’s education programs offer opportunities for animal lovers of all ages to discover the animal kingdom. From their Zoo Academy classes to the guided tours to their Mobile Zoo, Scovill Zoo provides fun, hands-on connections to the animal world!.

I'm Hungry!

Zoopermarket (clever name!) has snacks and refreshments that you can purchase.

Healthy Eating!

There are several picnicking areas in the zoo on a first-come basis, where you can enjoy your own lunch!.

Any Top Tips?

Admission is FREE on Thursdays between June and October!.

Doing our bit

In spring 2007, Scovill Zoo formed a local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). The national organization formed in 1967 in San Diego, CA as a resource for zoo keepers to exchange information and continue their education. Scovill Zoo’s AAZK goals include assisting in conservation and animal protection efforts. Educational booths are also planned for Earth Day celebrations, Zippy Zoo Days and other zoo events..

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available to rent for $3 and the entire zoo is accessible.

Baby Facilities

Single strollers are available to rent for $3.

Can I get one of those?

Zootique is where you can go wild with plush toys, educational games, and great souvenirs to take home!.

More information

The carousel and train is an extra cost to admission.

What people are saying?

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    I was born and raised in Decatur and Scovill zoo is a nice place to take your children or even just enjoy a day out with your significant other. Sure, its not a big exquisite place like massive zoos in big cities. It is a place that people in Decatur appreciate and love. I can remember when I was a little girl I used to love to ride the train. Memories like that last

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    I grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin. the zoo there is very large. with large animals. so the Scoville zoo is disappointing.

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    Our comparison is the St Louis Zoo that we used to live a couple blocks from. Comparing it to the StL Zoo this is no more of a zoo than going to the local pet store. However, if you compare it to the other smaller zoos in Central Illinois it does ok. The Pro's are that it is relatively inexpensive, there is a train (ride is only 5 minutes long) and a carousel. Con's is that it is a small zoo and will only take 30-40 minutes to see EVERYTHING. There is a nice zebra and some cheetah's.

    Compared to the other local zoo's.
    Peoria>Decatur>Bloomington...Read More

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Our comparison is the St Louis Zoo that we used to live a couple blocks from. Comparing it to the StL Zoo this is no more of a zoo than going to the local pet store. However, if you compare it to the other smaller zoos in Central Illinois it does ok. The Pro's are that it is relatively inexpensive, there is a train (ride is only 5 minutes long) and a carousel. Con's is that it is a small zoo and will only take 30-40 minutes to see EVERYTHING. There is a nice zebra and some cheetah's.

Compared to the other local zoo's.
Peoria>Decatur>Bloomington Pet Co(store)>Bloomington Zoo

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 56 %
Wind: WNW - 11 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 76° F / 24° C
Humidity: 41 %
Wind: W - 15 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 65° F / 18° C
Humidity: 63 %
Wind: NW - 13 MPH

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