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As our membership grows, so does the awareness and concern we have for animal and environmental conservation.  (more…)


New Petting Zoo EntranceSince 1966 the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo has been working to bring people and animals together in a safe and natural environment. In the spring of 2010 the Preserve has taken a fun area like the “Petting Zoo” and made it even better! (more…)

Welcome to the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo where people and animals get closer together. Ramble over 25 beautifully wooded and landscaped acres and gardens meeting animals who jump, swim, fly, roar and tweet to greet you.

Endearing Sun Bears, energetic Lemurs from Madagascar, Kangaroo and Dingo from “down under” and some of the rarest and most entertaining monkeys in the world await you. Dangle your fingers among a hundred of brilliantly colored Japanese Koi in the Japanese Garden and watch the sunlight on the ripples of its calming waters. Feed the dozens of free flying ducks and geese wandering among our ponds.

More adventuresome? African Lions, Asian Tigers, South American Jaguar, Arctic Wolves, American Alligators and oriental Sun Bears all live and breed on our grounds. Delve into the depths of Africa, Asia and the America’s on our Wildlife Safari Adventure within a breathe of two ton Buffalo snorting up the steps of your Safari carrier. Laugh as the gawky camels and amazing Zebra keep pace with your Safari driver. Magnificent hoofed animals from around the globe enjoy a pet and feeding opportunity from the safe confines of your Safari vehicle. Your family will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience

Yearly membership makes this adventure family affordable and invites you back time and time again for free. This 100 acre nonprofit Preserve is under the management of Global Wildlife Trust, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation of wild animals worldwide and conservation of all our natural resources locally.

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.

November 2, 2014 at 1pm

Watch as our Reptile Department and Zoo 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 2th at 1pm at our Alligator Bayou.

August 1st, 11am-2pm

Home to more than 1100 animal that represent 319 species not including amphibians, fish and invertebrates, the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo spends more than $100,000 a year for food from hay to hamburgers to feed all of its wild residents. You can “adopt” one of the Zoo’s animals to contribute to its care and feeding for one full year.

By adopting an animal through this program, you not only help in the care and feeding of that animal, but also support important education and conservation programs at the Catoctin Zoo. Some of the world wide conservation projects the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo support include field research on amphibians in Costa Rica, organizations like Vital Ground Grizzly Bear, Florida’s primate Capuchin Monkey rescue sanctuary, Jungle Friends, The Maryland Amphibian Reptile Rescue, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Ecosystem System Survival Adopt an Acre Program. With your help, the CWPZoo can continue to aid wild creatures and their habitats all over the world.

Choose from one of the many levels of support and any of CWPZoo’s wonderful animals available for adoption. Get the inside scoop on your animal’s life story, favorite treats, and more! Your adoption will last one full year.

For more information, please call 301-271-4922 ext.11 or email


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.

thats a reaaly long snake

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.

Give Yourself or Someone You Love The Gift of Being a Zoo Parent!

You can show your support for animals by  becoming a “ZooParent” and adopting an animal.  Adopting an animal contributes to the daily care for that animal for one year. This includes food, housing, veterinary care, enrichment, medication and special treats

Additionally, your sponsorship aids in public education and habitat conservation efforts, so that these beautiful and   unique animals may never disappear   from our earth.


August 7th, 10am -1pm Calling all former employees and people who know individuals that have worked at the Wildlife Preserve at any time since 1933. Every year we set aside one day for our alumni and their families to come back for a Zoo Reunion. (more…)