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Call of the Wild
Finding Your Inner Wolf

Zoo-La-La is back and we want you to discover your inner spirit animal: the wolf!

153A9837cropsmlThis year, we hope to raise $12,000 to create the “Wolf Woods” at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, a 40,000 square foot enclosure that comfortably accommodates a pack of five to seven wolves. This area would be designed with water features, trees, and plants, creating an area for wolves to explore!

Last year, Zoo-La-La raised enough money to enhance “Parakeet Landing,” the free flight aviary, which houses 400 colored birds where zoo guests enter their fluttering world of feathers to offer hand held treats of seeds. These improvements help us create an even better home for the animals at the non-profit preserve and zoo and we need your support to continue these efforts.

Saturday, September 19 – 7 to 10 p.m.
Monocacy Valley Cannery
 150 South East Street, Frederick

The show combines models showcasing the latest styles from local shops and boutiques. Plus, from 6 to 7 p.m. for our VIP guests, there will be an exclusive meet and greet with some of the exotic creatures of the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo.

For the party animals, there will be a DJ, tasty treats, beer and wine, with a raffle of various prizes and a silent auction.

We hope you join us and answer the call of the wild!


VIP Admission (includes 1 drink, animal meet & greet): $45 per person
General Admission (includes 1 drink): $30 per person

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.

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.


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.

October 1-31

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.

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…)

August 1st, 11am-2pm