Adopt an Animal/Enrichment Day
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 10:00 pm

At the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, the animal care staff actively provides their animals with enrichment.  Enrichment can vary and it is provides a stimulating environment for the animals.  Why does the animal care staff provide enrichment?  For the same reasons parents provide newborns with colorful toys. Families give their dogs bones, children are fascinated by challenging toys and adults seek hobbies.  Enrichment can keep animals busy, encourage natural instincts, distract from doing unwanted behaviors, or build motor skills. Enrichment can be done for any animal from insect to human and can also be in many forms that appeal to any of the animal’s senses.

“Environmental enrichment improves or enhances zoo environments for animals, stimulating them to investigate and interact with their surroundings. We enrich animal environments by making changes to structures in their enclosures, present novel objects and smells for them to investigate and explore, and by changing how we present food” says June Bellizzi, Assistant Director of Zoological Affairs.

Come visit CWPZoo Saturday July 14th from 11am – 3pm to learn how the animal care staff enriches the animals in their care, and even learn how you can contribute. The zoo will also be celebrating their Zoo Parents on this day.  If you have adopted one of the animals or are interested in doing so, be sure to stop by. The Outpost Pavilion will be reserved for the wonderful Zoo Parents to enjoy light refreshments and have the opportunity to have their picture taken with a few of the education animals! Animal Adoption and Enrichment Day will be a fun-filled day with lots of special offers, and chances to get even more up-close-and personal!

Animal Enrichment Schedule

11:00 am –Come to the Amazon Aviary, this station will be set-up from 11am -3pm for our visitors to create some fun enrichment items for our Macaws and Sun Bears. These items will be displayed later in the day and Sunday, July 15th.

11:30 am – Enrichment will be given to the Sun Bears.

12:30 pm – Special animal encounter and photo opportunity at the Outpost Pavilion.

1:00 pm – Enrichment and keeper talk at the Alligator Bayou.

1:30 pm – Special animal encounter and photo opportunity at the Outpost Pavilion.

3:00 pm – Enrichment and keeper talk at the Ochreata Macaques


The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in partnership with Global Wildlife Trust, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. GWT strives to provide the highest level of competent care for its resident wildlife ambassadors and to support the conservation of their wild counterparts in unspoiled habitats.

National Ice Cream Day
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day
Venomous Animal Safety and Husbandry Training Seminar
Jul 29 – Jul 31 all-day
Big & Tall/Short & Small Party
Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 10:00 pm
Big & Tall/Short & Small Party  @ Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo | Thurmont | Maryland | United States

Come and celebrate the birthdays of some of the Catoctin Zoo’s favorite animals! The Zoo is holding a full day of birthday celebrations as we honor our Galapagos Tortoise, Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Parakeets and our Giraffe!

The celebrations will begin at noon with the premier showing of “Froto,” our one year old Black and White Ruffed Lemur at 10:30. Our celebrations continue at 12:00pm to treat “Gladys,” our Galapagos tortoise to a special birthday fruit basket. At 1:30 we will take our visitors in groups visit the NEW Aussie Aviary, where parakeets and cockatiels will be awaiting the treats the visitors have for them. Finally, the celebrations end with “Rocket” the Giraffe enjoying his birthday treats at 2:30pm. We will also be offering Giraffe encounters for a small donation dedicated to the newly planned African Skywalk.

An Educator from the Zoo will present information on that particular animal. This is a great time for kids to learn about the animals as well as to ask questions and participate in the celebrations.

There will be opportunities for children to create birthday cards for our birthday honorees. The cards will be displayed around each animal enclosure. The day of celebration is also our chance to increase awareness about threatened and endangered animals. There will be opportunities to receive valuable information about conservation efforts, as well as an opportunity to donate to individual causes.


Know ‘em & Grow ‘em Workshop
Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 11:00 pm