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Custom Animal PaintingsAt Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, several of our animal species have taken up painting as one of their favorite enrichment activities. We give specific animals the chance to create their own custom masterpieces using non-toxic finger paints and selected art supplies. Animals create their own unique abstract art by using their own special techniques.

Visitors now have the opportunity to own one of these original canvas paintings from the animal of their choice. Custom animal paintings begin at $50.00.

To order your painting please fill out the Custom Animal Painting Order Form and mail it to the zoo or shop online.  Paintings may be picked up in to 2-4 weeks in the Zoo Gift Shop or allow $10.00 for shipping in 2-4 weeks from the order date.

Wolf WoodsThe Wolf Woods is biggest of the all new habitats on the list of improvements and renovations for this year. Because it is an ambitious undertaking the plan is in three phases.

The first phase is the habitat for the wolves. It consists of fencing for the enclosure with safety structures to prevent both digging under or climbing over. This habitat for the wolves will have a shallow pond, artificial overlooks and several trees. We will be adding additional foliage including pine and birch trees as well as assorted native shrubs. The last element of the exhibit is the night shelter. This is a necessity in case of high winds, ice storms, for corralling the pack for health checks and nighttime safety.

Phase two, which is unfunded at this time, includes two visitor viewing pads. One overlooks a wet moated structure with views unobstructed by fencing. The other is a boardwalk structure elevated above the height of the fence offering another unobstructed view.

Phase three, also unfunded at this time, is an educational museum like log cabin, climate controlled, with large glass panes along one wall forming a panoramic view of the wolf habitat.

Baby FossaThe Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is excited to announce the successful rearing of another endangered species, Madagascar’s largest carnivore, the Fossa. These very rare animals gained their notoriety in the Disney film Madagascar.

The young pups were born to CWPzoo’s fossa pair on June 17th, 2014. Fossa are highly endangered in the wild. The pups were pulled for rearing by Laurie Hahn, the zoo’s certified veterinarian technician after the first-time mother lost interest in their care. At four days of age their eyes were still closed and they weighed just 80 grams. The infants required feedings every two hours around the clock for the first two weeks. Only a few zoos in this country have successfully bred and raised fossa pups.

The pups now weigh over 500 grams and are starting to eat solids in addition to their special liquid formula. The zoo is planning to build an exhibit in the Madagascar section for their parents and welcome sponsors for the materials and labor. If you or your company would like to make a donation to this new exhibit, please contact Mario Lawrence at the zoo.

Zoo La La 2014

Zoo-La-La is back for another year! It’s an event that combines models parading the latest must-have clothes from local stores and boutiques along with encounters with some of the animals from the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. Add the music, food and fun and it will be a night everyone will be talking about as we support the non-profit preserve and zoo located on U.S. 15 near Thurmont.

Last year, Zoo-La-La raised $7,000 for the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, which paid for extra power generators and propane fuel that kept the zoo’s delicate creatures warm and protected them during this past winter. This year, we hope to double that success and help expand zoo displays, creating an even better home for the animals at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo but we can’t do it without your support.

Zoo-La-La will be held 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at The Faux School in downtown Frederick. Plus, there will be a meet and greet with some of the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo animals from 6 to 7 p.m. – perfect for families!

For the party animals, there will be a DJ, beer, wine and a signature Zoo-La-La cocktail, with a raffle of various prizes ranging from NYC Fashion Week experience, Kenya Bush Safari and even a Bloomingdales $1,000 shopping spree with a personal shopper. You know the food will be excellent when it’s from Juliet’s Italian Market and Cafe.

Join us and support your local zoo.

General Admission: $45 per person
Animal Meet and Greet: $20 per child (5 to 15 years old)
Venue: The Faux School, 35 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701

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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!

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