Scovill Zoo – Decatur, Illinois

Take a walk on the wild side at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo, on the banks of scenic Lake Decatur. Scovill is an AZA-accredited zoo. The zoo has more than 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles. Be sure to check out the North American Timberwolves, the South African Cheetahs and the Bactrian Camels.

Take a spin on Scovill Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel. The carousel, specially designed for Scovill Zoo, 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. It 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 cheetah, a one-of-a-kind animal experience awaits you. The carousel is located at the entrance of Scovill Zoo. The ride is ADA accessible. Two chariots on the carousel can accommodate wheelchairs.

Climb aboard! The Z.O. & O. Express Train offers a 1 mile narrated tour, through a tunnel and along Lake Decatur to give you a unique view of our animals. Riders will have the opportunity to see animals from five different continents like the Emu from Australia and Toucans from South America. Be sure to watch for the two South African Cheetahs, Jafari and Runako!

One of Scovill Zoo’s most popular attractions, the Z.O. &O. Express has transported tens of thousands of visitors each year. Added to the zoo in 1984, the train is a scaled replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington Steam Train. C.P. Huntington, a California merchant in the 1800s, built and operated the Central Pacific Railroad. The Z.O. & O. Express is ADA accessible. Passengers in wheelchairs have an accessible ramp with an area that locks in the wheelchair.

Project Playground, state-of-the-art play area is a marvel in engineering and kids of all ages enjoy climbing, swinging and balancing throughout the labyrinth. A community-built, ADA-accessible treasure in Scovill Park! The playground features a rock wall, hands-on music station, and colorful play structure that will accommodate children of all ages and ability levels.

Zoo Hours

Spring Hours (April 10 – May 22)
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Summer Hours (May 23-August 16)
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Fall Hours (August 17 – October 12)
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.