Get Close at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Programs will return mid April.

Sun bear eating an apple

The best learning and the strongest memories are achieved through doing, not just looking. With that in mind, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo has developed interactive animal presentations.

Some of our most popular features are our Animal Programs and Encounters; times when you might get to touch an exotic animal or learn more about it from the staff members who care for it.

We also offer photo opportunities with some of our Animal Ambass-zoo-dors after each stage presentation! Please make time during your visit to catch these unique opportunities to get close.


Safari Rides – Weekends ONLY weather permitting at 11 am and 2 pm 

Safari Rides run May to September, and require a minimum of 10 riders for each departure.

Camel Rides – Closed for the season

Safari Café – Closed for the season

Feathered Feeding Encounter – Closed for the season

Petting Zoos – Open Weekends, weather permitting


Guests on Safari Ride at Catoctin Wildlife PreserveGlobal Wildlife Safari Ride

This is a fun, feeding and “foto” opportunity.  All riders must be at least 36″ tall and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Sorry, but the Safari Ride is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. For safety reasons, babies and guests under 36″ tall will not be allowed on the ride.)

Safari Rides run May to September, and require a minimum of 10 riders for each departure. Click for more info.

For best availability, we recommend arriving early and purchasing your Safari ticket when you enter the Zoo. You will have a seat reserved on the next available departure.

All tours are subject to availability and do not include park admission. Park admission is required. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices listed are per person and do not include tax. Animal interactions may vary.