Long-term efforts to sustain and expand the population of animals in protected environments have resulted in successfully breeding multiple generations of rare and endangered animals, including:

Ring-tailed and Ruffed Lemurs, Bengal Tigers, Sun Bears, Scarlet Macaws, Cottontop Tamarins, Geoffroy’s Marmosets, Jaguars, Australian Dingos, Asian Fishing Cats, Yellow-fronted Amazon Parrots, Swinhoe Pheasants, Booted Macaques, Tonkean Macaques, Yellow Anaconda and Monocle Cobra.

Our Maryland facility is:

  • Institutional Member of the American Association of Zookeepers
  • Accredited Member of the Zoological Association of America (ZAA)
  • A member of the Tourism Council of Frederick County
  • A member of the Maryland Travel Council
  • A member of the Better Business Bureau
  • A member of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
  • Organized and hosted  the First Venomous Animal Husbandry and Safety Course in conjunction with the Frederick Community College and the American Association of Zookeepers
  • Founded the International Herpetological Symposium
  • Featured in newspapers including the Washington Post, Washington Times, Frederick News-Post, Hagerstown Herald, Baltimore Sun and Martinsburg Journal
  • Seen on television programs including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Animal Planet’s “Pet Psychic,” Maryland Public Television, WHAG TV 25, Hagerstown; and WJZ TV 13, Baltimore;
  • Provides live animal programs for National Geographic Museum Explorers Hall, National Academy of Sciences, Johns Hopkins Wilderness Survival Course students, National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout day camps, and hundreds of schools and learning centers throughout Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
  • The host facility for the national award winning educational cable series “The Wild Life with Whitney Hahn.” The show is a two time Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner.
  • Licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Services
  • Licensed by the U.S. Department of the Interior Animal, Fish and Wildlife Division
  • Licensed by the U.S. Department of Natural Resources of Maryland
  • A participating facility in American Association of Zoos and Aquariums Studbook records
  • A participating facility in the Suitcase for Survival program hosted by the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • A participating facility in the State Highway Administrations, Adopt a Highway Program
  • Founded, 1933

Our staff members regularly attend professional conferences and continuing training, including those sponsored by:

  • International Zoo Design Symposium
  • International Herpetological Congress
  • The American Association of Zookeepers
  • The American Association of Zoo Horticulturists
  • The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Federation of Aviculturists
  • The Feline Conservation Federation
  • 1st University of  Nebraska Medical School Symposium on Snakebites in the New Millennium
  • The Zoological Association of America
  • USDA Big Cat Symposium
  • The International Turtle Alliance