Join us for an exciting overnight adventure!
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo has planned quite an adventure for your family. Sleep under the stars in your own tents, with the morning calls of the animals as your alarm clock.
Animal Behavior and Conservation Society is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the meerkats of Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Saturday, May 19th at the Mt Airy Volunteer Fire Department Activities Building. (more…)
Everyone’s invited to join the Zoo Crew for a
Wildlife Walk and Fitness Safari!
Hey, kids! Can you leap like a lemur, flutter like a butterfly and kick like a donkey? Find out at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s second annual Wildlife Walk and Fitness Safari on Saturday, May 26 from 12-4pm.
This is your chance to learn how to move like the animals at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo! Let’s warm up those muscles and stretch like a giraffe, crawl like a lizard and leap like a lemur! While exploring the zoo’s 25 acre wooded park, participants will enjoy 600 animals from 6 continents of the world, a wildlife stage presentation, alligator bayou and keeper encounters. Try to crawl, climb, jump, kick and run like the animals in 8 fitness activities.
All children who complete the 1K circuit will win a free pass to be used later in the summer. Gather your friends into a team and you all might win adoption rights for the animal of your choice. The team, class, or organization with the most participants will receive a full color adoption packet and a plaque — up to a $1000.00 value!
Wetland Workshops for Educators
Wetland Plant ID: Know ‘em and Grow ‘em © $35
August 4, 2012 9am-4pm
This course provides educators with an understanding of wetland plant ecology and adaptations, and the resources to identify plant species in the field. Material will cover native and non-native species along with planting tips. Educators will gain valuable tools for exciting students about wetland plants and inspiration to construct schoolyard wetland habitats.
All courses include curriculum and course materials.
Spaces are limited. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to reserve your spot.
November 6, 2011 at 1pm
Watch as our Reptile Department and Alligator Bayou Keepers ’round up our American alligators for the winter. They’ll measure, weigh and give a health check on our population of American alligators before we move them inside for the year.
The Gator Round-Up will be on Sunday, November 6th at 1pm in our Alligator Bayou.
For the first time in our 77 year history, we have assembled and placed on exhibit a collection of the world’s six largest constricting snakes including several Asian Reticulated Pythons reported to reach over or very near 20 feet.
The other five giants represented, in order of their maximum length, are the Amazonian Green Anaconda which is in running for the longest and definitely the heaviest. One actual recorded weight was over 325 pounds.
Third place goes to the African Rock Python seldom seen in animal collections today, with verified recorded lengths of nearly 30 feet.
Fourth is the Indian Python currently reported to be the latest in a long line of foreign pests causing ecological damage in this country.
Fifth is the Amethystine Python at a recorded length of 29 plus feet. This is the rarest of this group in zoo collections and is notable for the slenderness of its body in comparison to the other giants.
Sixth is one that, although it is the best known of the constrictors, most people are surprised to learn that it is not higher up in the count. The Latin American Boa Constrictor, found in various subspecies from southern Mexico to Argentina, rarely exceeds 12 feet.