Frequently Asked Questions for Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Q: How long is the average visit?
A: Your adventure is self-guided.  Most guests spend between two and four hours visiting with our animals and the enjoying the grounds.

Q: Can I leave the zoo and come back today?
A: Sure, just hang on to your receipt or get your hand stamped in the gift shop before you leave.  Your admission is good all day.

Q: Can I exchange my 1-day admission for a membership?
A: You can apply your one-day admission to a membership if you purchase the membership on the same day you purchased your admission.

Q: Can I bring my own food into the Zoo?
A: The CWPZoo Safari Cafe is normally open from Memorial day to Labor Day, however, you may opt to bring your lunches and/or snacks into the Zoo.  Thank you for not sharing your food with the animals.  They are on regulated diets.

Q: Do I need to reserve my Safari Ride in advance?
A: During the week, it’s typically not necessary.  However, on the weekends, you might want to do so with your name, phone number and a credit card by calling the Gift Shop at 301-271-4922.

Q: How long does the Safari Ride last?
A: About 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how long the truck stays in each area and how many animals approach the vehicle.

Q: Where do you get your animals from?
A: The transport and exhibiting of exotic animals is highly regulated, and for good reason. Almost no animals are taken from wild habitats any longer. Most of the  animals at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo come from other zoos and private collections in North America, usually under a breeding loan or trade agreement. This keeps bloodlines healthier and helps ensure that these animal ambassador’s wild cousins remain safe.