New Mountain Lion Exhibit Coming to Scovill Zoo!

New Mountain Lion Exhibit Coming to Scovill Zoo!

On Wednesday, November 15th, the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners approved an agreement to construct a new Mountain Lion Exhibit and Camel Holding Building at Scovill Zoo.   This new two-thousand square foot outdoor exhibit will include rock outcroppings, ponds, caves, a glass viewing area for patrons, and an interactive area where zookeepers can feed and train the mountain lions.

“We are excited to continue the growth of Scovill Zoo with the addition of a Mountain Lion Exhibit” stated Scovill Zoo Director, Ken Frye. “Zoo staff are humbled by this gift and look forward to sharing this new exhibit with Decatur and Central Illinois.”

Going by several names such as: puma, cougar, and panther, the mountain lion can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 150 pounds.  These cats can leap 18 feet up into trees and are good sprinters in short distances.

Also included in the project is a new animal holding building that will house the mountain lions when not on exhibit and a new indoor holding space for the existing camels, Jack and Fin, at Scovill Zoo.

Funding for this project came from private donations and construction is expected to be completed by August, 2024.

Parent’s Afternoon Out

The kids will enjoy animal encounters, a craft, snacks, and a movie. Parents will enjoy four hours free to relax!

Monday, November 20 & Wednesday, January 3

1 – 4 p. m . / s c o v i l l z o o
$25 per child
($15 for each additional sibling)

Call 421-7435 to register!

All Together for the Alligators!

All Together for the Alligators!

Help Scovill Zoo develop the expansion and improvement of the alligator exhibit and holding building.

All Donations Matter! With the help of a generous donor, each dollar will be matched up to $250,000!

How to Donate

• Donation box at the zoo alligator exhibit
• Online at (Click HERE!)
• Purchase a T-shirt (available in November)
• Mailing a check to the Decatur Parks Foundation
• In-person at the Decatur Park District Administration office or Scovill Zoo
• Over the phone by calling 217-422-5911

Click here to view G and Elle’s swim at Splash Cove!

Zoorific Evening at Scovill Zoo!

Zoorific Evening Benefiting Scovill Zoo

September 16, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Exclusive Animal Encounters, Food from Bistro Five Thirty Seven, Beer & Wine, Live & Silent Auction with can’t miss items!
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased HERE! 

For tickets and sponsorship information, call the Decatur Parks Foundation at 217-422-5911.

Click here for sponsorship information!

Scovill Zoo Opening Day!

Scovill Zoo opens for the season on Saturday, April 1. Opening Day hours from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is $9.25 for adults, $8.25 for seniors, and $7.25 for children aged 2 – 12. Scovill Zoo houses 400 animals spanning six continents, a ZO & O Express Train, Endangered Species Carousel, Project Playground, and Scovill Sculpture Park.

Free admission Mondays throughout April. Free Admission Thursdays begin June 1.

Scovill Zoo Spring Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last admission one hour before closing.

Valentines Day with Scovill Zoo

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Are you still looking for a gift for your special someone?
For only $20, you can adopt a Hissing Cockroach in someone’s name or for $25, you can adopt a Naked Mole-Rat in someone’s name! With this animal adoption, you will not only be receiving an adoption certificate, but also an amazing valentine photo of the adopted animal, AND a beautiful piece of original cockroach/naked mole-rat artwork! Give the zoo a call at 217-421-7435 for this unique Valentine’s day offer! Once purchased, this gift can be picked up at the zoo or we’d be happy to mail it out to you.

Volunteer Training Classes

Volunteer Training Classes

Wednesdays, February 1st-April 5th; 9am-noon 

If you enjoy working with animals and children, an exciting volunteer opportunity awaits you at Scovill Zoo!

Volunteers give guided tours, operate the Endangered Species Carousel, run the Z.O.&O Express Train, give mobile zoo presentations, and help at special events. Training covers biology review, animal handling techniques, and instruction for various zoo volunteer duties. No experience needed and sessions are free. Must be 18 years of age or older. Background check must be completed before volunteer shifts are scheduled at the zoo.

Call Scovill Zoo at 421-7435 to sign up for the classes and for further details.

Bowling for Rhinos

Bowling for Rhinos

Bowling for Rhinos is an annual fundraiser hosted by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) to raise money for organizations to help protect rhinos and their habitats.

This event will be held at Spare Time Lanes (2870 N Jasper St, Decatur, IL 62526) on June 11, 2022 from 8pm – 11pm. Tickets are $15 per person for pre-order or $20 day of event. All ages welcome. It will be black light and glow in the dark themed! Food, drinks, and t-shirts will be available for purchase during fundraiser.

Click here to register

Parents Afternoon Out December 21st

Kids will enjoy an animal presentation, crafts, snacks, and a movie. Pre-registration required.

Date: Tuesday, December 21
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Scovill Zoo
Fee: $25 per child ($15 for each additional sibling)
Call 421-7435 to register!