Zoos & Wildlife

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Thurmont, MD

3 (5 reviews)

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Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, USA Number: 301 271 3180 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

We have some AMAZING creatures across our planet, but you don't need to even get on a plane to discover them all - not when there are 319 species at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo!

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo is a great place for kids to come face to face with their favorite animals, and even meet some they have never heard of before! It's a fun, learning experience where they can just spend the day with the family - and nature!

The zoo is divided up into different habitat areas, that represent the different habitats across the globe. And of course we know, creatures some in great and small packages, so from the furry to the scaly, to the grand, it's really a great learning experience for kids to understand what environment and animals we have on the planet.

Kids can see those amazing bears look for food, or try and spot those boas in the trees. There are cheeky lemurs to enjoy, and playful monkeys to amuse! From domestic pigs, to adorable llamas, and even over 450 exotic animals, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo really takes the kids on an adventure!

Want to REALLY make your WILD day out extra special? Check out the escorted truck safari rides! This one hour adventure takes you through four paddocks of exotic animals, across 25 wooded acres! You will see African zebras, North American bison, wild sheep, giant birds like the Emu, and even antelope and deer!

With daily activities such as feedings and even camel rides, it's no wonder families go WILD for this Maryland attraction!

Are you ready for your adventure? 

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How much does it cost?



$16.95 - $18.75 (Safari Ride $12)



$11.50 - $13.75 (Safari Ride $12)



Seniors $15.50 to $16.75


Free Under

2 years


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Additional Information

The last admission is taken an hour before closing.

Any top tips?


When you arrive, check the times of the rides and feedings, so you can plan your day around them!

I'm Hungry!


There is a cafe open from Memorial to Labor Day where you can get lunch or snacks!

Healthy Eating You can bring small coolers and ice chests, but no glass, disposable straws/lids, and balloons, so you can bring your own lunch, but don't feed the animals!. Make sure you help keep the zoo clean!

What people are saying?

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Where is it at?

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There is so much for students to learn! They have great programs for students, with animal encounters and petting areas!

Can I get one of those?


Bring that pocket money - there's a gift shop! Great for animal related gifts, souvenirs, toys, and educational items

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Maryland

When can we go?

Hours range from 9am/11am open, to 4pm/6pm close. Check before you go

March to November

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