Have a “Roaring” Good Time!

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo allows each guest to get as close to the animals as safety permits. To feel the silky soft fur of the chinchilla or see the muscles in a jaguar’s legs as he prowls within his naturalistic habitat are just a few of the experiences that will bring you closer to the animal world.

Our Official Guide to the Zoo will provide all of the important information that you need to answer the questions that arise during your visit. Our helpful staff will be glad to give you more details about the Guide when you call to make a reservation.

These activities are free with your group admission:

  • Animal Encounters at Conservation Theater –  Daily encounters begin in April to accommodate our school groups.  Our encounters are fun, lively adventures with lots of opportunities to learn about and touch selected animals.
  • Several “Meet the Keeper” times are also available throughout the day so you can get the inside scoop on how we care for our animal friends.
  • Petting Areas – Hand feed curious goats, donkeys, sheep, llamas and deer approved food. You can arrange for the animal food in advance and save.

For group reservations and additional information, please contact the Education Dept. at 301-271-3180, or print out and mail in our reservation form.


Please book your field trip  as soon as possible to get the best day and time. We limit the number of visitors each day to insure that your group gets the complete attention that it deserves!

If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you with a live animal program at your school.  School Programs are offered October through April and feature five to seven different animals, actual animal biofacts, and always encourage children to touch the animals and ask questions.

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