Support the Zoo

Become A Zoo Parent!

When you adopt an animal, your donation helps support the animal’s care and feeding. For a few dollars, you can help energize a South African Cheetah or keep a Bactrian Camel walking tall. Whatever animal you choose, your donations directly support your new family member at Scovill Zoo. View the Zoo Parents List.

Zoo Parent Perks


Adopt A Carousel Animal

Carousel sponsorships are an enduring way to honor family or friends, recognize a business, or commemorate a special occasion. The Endangered Species Carousel, specially designed for Scovill Zoo, features 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-carved animals. Sponsors are recognized with a personalized sign on the selected carousel animal. Sponsors also receive a 5-year Friends of the Zoo membership and free rides on the carousel. Payment options are available! For more information, please call the zoo at 421-7436 to learn how you can make a gift that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks to the following carousel donors!

Ben Andreas Family Snake on a Log
Sally and Michael Andreas Poison Dart Frog
Linda & Erv Arends Giant Panda
 Mary Evelyn & Charlie Bayless Dolphin
Ramona & Joe Borders Lion Cub
Melissa & Andrew Chiligiris Polar Bear
Barb & Lew Clark Chimp
Deering Family Wetland Chariot
Mary & Gerald Demirjian Zebra
Dr. Perry Guaglianone & Dr. Mary McGrath Cheetah
Carol & Dr. Steve Huss Bobcat
Dee & Jay Keller River Otter
Ms. Julie Lakshmanan Puffin
Judith & Dr. Richard Locke Yellow Tiger
Kathy & Dr. Jon Locke Ostrich
Ms. Challys Olsen Manatee
Verlyn & Paul Rosenberger Bench Panda
Bette & Russ Short Penguin
Bette & Russ Short White Tiger


Make A Contribution

The Decatur Park District’s facilities and parks serve as long-standing community treasures. From the tranquility of Fairview Park to the sights and sounds of Scovill Zoo, the Park District enhances our community’s quality of life. You can perpetuate the tradition of beauty and nature through a gift to the Decatur Parks Foundation. With several giving options, you can honor a friend or family member, celebrate a special occasion, or remember a loved one. Your gift of green will be appreciated for generations to come.


Planned Giving

Make the gift of a lifetime by including the Decatur Parks Foundation and Scovill Zoo in your will.

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Last Day of the Regular Zoo Season


Boo at the Zoo


Boo at the Zoo

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