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new amur leopard at the Catoctin WIldlife Preserve & Zoo

Lady Asja, our new Amur Leopard

CWPZoo has recently been the recipient of two very special and endangered big cats… (more…)


A date on the wild side is not just another
“dinner and a movie” night out. (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!

Feeding the parakeetsCome check out the “Keet landing” exhibit. (more…)

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.

For questions or to register contact Environmental Concern at 410.745.9620 or visit their website.





Encounter furred and feathered friends  including giant birds like Ostrich and Emu. Hoofed mammals from six continents including African Zebra, North American bison, Asian and African antelope, European deer, Eurasian wild sheep, and South American Llama may also pay a visit as well as unusual cattle, donkey and goat breeds from around the world.  They’re all there for the fun, feeding and photographing!

Definition ~ a member of the family of humans that can be identified by the camera around their necks. They may come from anywhere, but they are often seen at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo observing and photographing the unique variety of wildlife. Approach them with caution! They are known to capture thrilling memories of their favorite animals and treasure those memories for years to come.

Here’s How it Works:

Throughout the 2011 season you may enter any of your digital photos shot at the CWPZoo in each of the months of April, May, June, July, August, and a special Fall category, combining September and October. Each months contest photos must be taken within the corresponding month between the 1st and the 30th.

Only pictures submitted electronically though the e-mail address are eligible. (If you use conventional film, be sure to ask the photo-processor to have your shots put on CD in addition to the usual prints and negatives. That way you will have digital images as well as film images.)

No special equipment is necessary. Enter as often as you like, but enter your best. There is no age qualification to be a CWPZ SHUTTERBUG. Entries will be judged in the 13 and under and over 13 age categories.

Don’t forget to include your name in the e-mail! Each month’s winner will be announced on the 15th of the following month, for example, April’s winner will be announced on May 15th.  The judges’ decision will be final.  The winner will be announced in the newsletter along with their winning photo as well as posted on the zoo grounds, on the Zoo website and featured on the zoos Facebook page.

Start creating those special memories now, and win!   Join the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s Shutterbug family now and maybe YOU will be a winner!

CLICK HERE to Review the rules and find out HOW TO ENTER.


parties at the zooHave a Party at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and your birthday experience is sure to be WILD. (more…)