COMING THIS SUMMER!
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, 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 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.
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.
The list of confirmed instructors to date include: Randal Berry, Doug Hotle, Rob Carmichael, Jessi Krebs, Dr. Dan Keyler, Dr. Jim Murphy, Dr. Sam Seashole, Dr. Ed Smith, Don Middaugh, Clyde Peeling, Al Coritz, Lauren Augustine and Jared Watts.
The registration is $435/student on or before Saturday, May 18th. Registration after May 18th is $485/person.
To Pay by check, send a check made payable to Global Wildlife Trust, Inc. and send to:
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
13019 Catoctin Furnace Road
Thurmont, Maryland 21788
To pay by phone call 301-271-3180 (Press 0 to avoid the recordings.) and giving your Visa/MasterCard/ Discover card information to the office staff.
To Pay Online via PayPal simply click on the button below:
The suggested hotels are the Best Western Historic Frederick, 420 Prospect Blvd., Frederick, Md. 21701 ( three miles from the college) where they are holding a block of double queens, king and king suites at $89/night. These must be reserved three weeks in advance (before May 22nd) for these prices. Phone 301-695-6200 mention Venomous Seminar. Also convenient and affordable is the Motel Six, Thurmont, Maryland 21788 (two miles from the Zoo) at about the same prices.
- Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.-
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
Join us for an exciting overnight adventure!
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo has planned quite an adventure for your family. Sleep under the stars in your own tents, with the morning calls of the animals as your alarm clock.
Boo at the Zoo, a family favorite will be held on Friday and Saturday October 19th and 20th and October 26th and 27th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. (more…)
Animal Behavior and Conservation Society is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the meerkats of Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Saturday, May 19th at the Mt Airy Volunteer Fire Department Activities Building. (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!
November 6, 2011 at 1pm
Watch as our Reptile Department and Alligator Bayou 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 6th at 1pm in our Alligator Bayou.
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 email@example.com 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.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WINNERS
October 2nd, begins at 1pm
As the weather begins to cool and most creatures try to find an area to hibernate, we’ll be moving our huge Galapagos Turtle “Gladys” inside for the Winter. Also, join us as we check our box turtles before they disappear under the leaves.
How do animals prepare for the winter? What do they eat, where do they go? These questions and more are explored during our Hibernation Celebration, held daily. With scavenger hunts, turtle digs and much more.