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Encounter furred, feathered and hoofed friends. 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…)

Parties at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Ever thought about having your next office party or family birthday celebration at a unique location?  Well, you’ve found it!  The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is now offering our party room to you! Consider our space for your next gathering.  We will offer you a decorated space for children’s birthday parties or adult birthday parties and you may opt to decorate for your holiday or family gatherings. We will also offer an array of animal encounters, a fall Safari Ride or a guided tour through the Zoo.  Experience a “Keeper for the Day” with our Animal Care department or just bundle up and enjoy a spot by the fire pit!

We have a few different spaces available for you and your guests.  The “Discovery Room” in our gift shop is a 20’x30’ space with a museum ‘feel’ throughout.  You’ll appreciate the authenticity of our educational and enlightening “Discovery Room”!  The “Discovery Room” is capable of accommodating approximately 30-40 guests.

The Global Wildlife Safari Pavilion is also available for use.  Bundle up as you and your guests enjoy warm cider, spice cake and s’mores by our fire pit.  We have plenty of room, as the pavilion can seat up to 75-100 people comfortably.  On a sunny fall or winter day, this is the place to be!

Call us for more details on renting these spaces.  Birthday package pricing is available.  You may opt to bring your own catering supplies or your meals and beverages may be provided by one of our local catering establishments, which can provide a array of options to you to suit any budget.  Please ask for a list of these catering establishments.   Call 301.271.4922 ext. 10 for more information.


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.