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 The 3rd annual Zoo-La-La may have been last month, but people are still buzzing about the good time they had mingling with some of our animals as well as enjoying the latest fashions on the red carpet. The evening pulled in donations totaling $17,000 that will be used in the first phase of Wolf Woods.


A shout-out to our sponsors: The Delaplaine Foundation, Everedy Square and Shab Row, Frederick Magazine, The Furnace Bar & Grill, Maryland Event Rentals, Marlene and Mike Young, Betsy Randall and WHAG-TV.


This year we were in the Monocacy Cannery, a beautiful space of red bricks, wooden beams and large windows looking out at the Frederick skyline. We are extremely grateful to owner Bert Anderson for making the spot available and helping us bring together a fabulous venue. Also adding to the ambience was the awesome lighting created by Parlights and the background music from Shew-sical Entertainment. Falconer Deron Meador and his crew delighted the audience with their birds and there are not enough words to thank the zoo’s dedicated staff for bringing the engaging animals.


A big thank-you goes to The Furnace, Cakes to Die For and Sisters Bake Shop for their delicious food and to Gateway Liquors.


Fashion providers were Alicia L Boutique, Aspire Boutique, Hunting Creek Outfitters, Talbots and TLC Bridal Boutique. Belleza Hair & Nail again did an amazing job styling our models who included Judy Deluca, Shawn Dewees, Guy Fletcher, Dale Gladhill, Karlys Kline, Matt Makowski, Gina Posey, Mary Smith, Kelly Schulz, Kirsin Garriss, Shelly Loflnd, Taylor Lowkey, Cindy Miller, Ashley Mills, Yvonne Reinsch and Chelsea Umberger.


Master of ceremonies Russ Hodge kept the audience entertained and auctioneer Bob Hahn had them furiously bidding on prizes ranging from zoo adventure packages to paintings done by some of the zoo animals. Bartenders Diane Butler and Maurice Jackson made our guests feel right at home.


Thanks to the following for their live and silent auction donations: Tanya Hatosy-Stier, Aspire, Curious Iguana, Green Bamboo Spa, McCutcheon’s, A Perfect Fit, Skate Frederick, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery, Sue and Frank Stanczyk, The Muse, The Record Exchange, ThorpeWood and TLC Bridal.


Members of the Zoo-La-La committee, Marsha Carmack, Dee Dolan, Kirstin Garriss, Kelly Johnson, Nancy Luse and Leslie Ruby, thank all those who supported this event and are looking forward to next year’s Zoo-La-La.


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