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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.








 The 3rd annual Zoo-La-La may have been last month, but people are still buzzing about the good time they had mingling with some of our animals as well as enjoying the latest fashions on the red carpet. The evening pulled in donations totaling $17,000 that will be used in the first phase of Wolf Woods.


A shout-out to our sponsors: The Delaplaine Foundation, Everedy Square and Shab Row, Frederick Magazine, The Furnace Bar & Grill, Maryland Event Rentals, Marlene and Mike Young, Betsy Randall and WHAG-TV.


This year we were in the Monocacy Cannery, a beautiful space of red bricks, wooden beams and large windows looking out at the Frederick skyline. We are extremely grateful to owner Bert Anderson for making the spot available and helping us bring together a fabulous venue. Also adding to the ambience was the awesome lighting created by Parlights and the background music from Shew-sical Entertainment. Falconer Deron Meador and his crew delighted the audience with their birds and there are not enough words to thank the zoo’s dedicated staff for bringing the engaging animals.


A big thank-you goes to The Furnace, Cakes to Die For and Sisters Bake Shop for their delicious food and to Gateway Liquors.


Fashion providers were Alicia L Boutique, Aspire Boutique, Hunting Creek Outfitters, Talbots and TLC Bridal Boutique. Belleza Hair & Nail again did an amazing job styling our models who included Judy Deluca, Shawn Dewees, Guy Fletcher, Dale Gladhill, Karlys Kline, Matt Makowski, Gina Posey, Mary Smith, Kelly Schulz, Kirsin Garriss, Shelly Loflnd, Taylor Lowkey, Cindy Miller, Ashley Mills, Yvonne Reinsch and Chelsea Umberger.


Master of ceremonies Russ Hodge kept the audience entertained and auctioneer Bob Hahn had them furiously bidding on prizes ranging from zoo adventure packages to paintings done by some of the zoo animals. Bartenders Diane Butler and Maurice Jackson made our guests feel right at home.


Thanks to the following for their live and silent auction donations: Tanya Hatosy-Stier, Aspire, Curious Iguana, Green Bamboo Spa, McCutcheon’s, A Perfect Fit, Skate Frederick, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery, Sue and Frank Stanczyk, The Muse, The Record Exchange, ThorpeWood and TLC Bridal.


Members of the Zoo-La-La committee, Marsha Carmack, Dee Dolan, Kirstin Garriss, Kelly Johnson, Nancy Luse and Leslie Ruby, thank all those who supported this event and are looking forward to next year’s Zoo-La-La.


sun bear xmas tree recyclingFor many families bringing in a live Christmas tree is a tradition. But  just a few days from now, you will want it out of the house and even out of the yard. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo will  be accepting recycled trees and using them as tasty treats and toys for their zoo animals.


We can only recycle natural trees. NO trees that have been sprayed with “snow”, scents or treated with chemicals. We cannot recycle trees with tinsel or other decorations still intact. No artificial trees, only live trees without decorations, tinsel or other man made materials.

Help us make this a success. Remember these trees will be used for shelters, treats and enrichment for the animals so be aware of their safety. Thank you for helping us give them a happy and healthy holiday treat!

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.

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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

CWPZoo has two very special and endangered big cats on exhibit.


3rd Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry
Training Seminar

June 13-16, 2013
Instructors, Venomous Handling Demonstrations and Lectures and Hands on Workshops

The 3rd Seminar on Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry will be held starting Thursday, June 13th with an evening Ice Breaker at the Best Western Pool in Frederick, through Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 16th with three whole days of classes held at the Frederick Community College, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick Maryland and hands on labs on Sunday at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo near Thurmont, Maryland.

This seminar is for professional and serious advanced herpetoculturists and is limited to 40 students. Space is still available as of June 10th.

The instructional dialogue and hands on workshop covers Basic Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Zoogeography and Toxicology, Facility Design from Total Environment to Necessary Enclosure Enrichment, Handling Methods and Tools, Species specific Husbandry including Operant Conditioning, Regulation and Transportation, Nutrition, Health Care and Quarantine Procedures, Crisis Management
including Envenomation Prevention and Protocols and Staff Training as it relates to venomous reptile safety and husbandry.

The Ice Breaker Snacks, two breakfast Drinks and Buns, two Box lunches, a Western Maryland’s Mountain Man’s Ribs and Beef BBQ and an Eastern Shore Crab Feast with all the fix’ins are included with your registration. For the first time this year, a copy of all the papers and reference material used will be distributed free to all registered students and instructors.

Our instructors include Ray Pawley, former Brookfield Zoo, Reptile Curator, Dr. Dan Keyler, one of the best envenomation and venom experts in the country, Jesse Krebs, Reptile Curator at Omaha’s Doorly Zoo, Dr. Jim Murphy, Curator National Zoo, Dr. Ed Smith, Associate, National Zoo, Doug Hotle, Curator of Herpetology at Albuquerque’s BioPark, Randal Berry, Reptile Kepper, Little Rock Arkansas Zoo,  Dr. Sam Seashole, DVM, Reptilian Specialist, Clyde Peeling, Reptiland Pennsylvania, Rob Carmichael, Curator, Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake County IL., Mike Lathroum, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Donal Boyer, Herpetological Curator, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, Al Coritz, Herpetoculturist, Pennsylvania, Jared Watts, Herpetoculturist, Virginia, Lauren Augustine and Matthew Neff, Animal Keepers, Reptile Discovery Center Smithsonian and Don Middaugh, Curator of Poikilotherms, Global Wildlife Trust, Inc. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.


Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th 2013


Thursday, June 13th

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration for seminar /Check in room at the Best Western Historic Frederick, MD or registration can be done Friday AM at the Community College.

6 PM to 10 PM – Icebreaker at the Historic Best Western Frederick MD, Food, and beverages including beer and wine, music, reunion and the counting of fingers.  Videos.

Friday, June 14th

Frederick County Community College, Building E (FCC Conference Center), Rooms E126ABC)

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration at Frederick County Community College

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Box lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo –

Saturday, June 15th

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Box lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Speakers at FCC

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo –

Sunday, June 16th

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Coffee and donuts at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

8:00  AM- 11:00 AM – Live Animal Demonstrations – Students will observe servicing procedures in the Venomous Animal Building then proceed to the Jurassic Theatre for the Live Animal Demonstrations – showing various techniques for safely working with venomous animals.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Lunch at Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Practicum Lab Session – Equipment and tools will be used (with helodermids, colubrids, elaphids and crotalids) also free for all “press conference” question and answer session.  Nobody goes home without having all their questions answered by the experts!

Seminar Coordinator: Richard Hahn, Executive Director, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Program Chairman: Doug Hotle, Curator of Herpetology, Albuquerque BioPark

Primary Lab Instructor: Don Middaugh, Curator of Poikilotherms, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Safari CrewCWPZoo is currently looking to fill two full time animal care positions, a Safari Manager and a Feline/ Primate Specialist. You will be part of a team working under the supervision and training of the General Curator and Ass’t Director of Zoological Affairs.

Qualified applicants must have at least four years paid experience in the zoological animal care field. A four year degree in biological sciences or related field is helpful but not required. These positions are intended for a person who has mastered all basic husbandry techniques and zoo protocols and is looking to continue their professional growth. You must be able to lift 60lbs with ease.

We place a high value on employees who are team players, understand the connection between an institution’s staff and the visiting public, are safety conscious, have good animal management and husbandry skills, know how to and do apply environmental enrichment diversions for the animals in their care.

Salary commensurate with experience, liberal leaves, paid vacation and assistance with conference expenses after one year and flexible work schedule. Some assistance with relocation is possible.

Global Wildlife Trust, Inc. dba Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is 501(c)3 corporation with a 50 acre park like zoo and large animal safari. We specialize in primates (15 species) and poikilotherms (over 120 species of reptiles plus amphibians, fish and invertebrates). We have a diverse collection including large ungulates and felines, birds, and unusual small mammals.

Positions are open until filled. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Email your resume with beginning salary desired to: