Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont

Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve is where people and animals get close – in unexpected ways. Ramble over 50 beautifully wooded and landscaped acres and gardens hosting animals who jump, swim, fly, roar and tweet to greet you.

Asian Tigers, South American Jaguar, American Alligators and Malayan Sun Bears all live and breed on our grounds. Comical macaws, energetic lemurs, lazy dingos and some of the rarest and most entertaining monkeys in the world await you. Dangle your fingers among a hundred of brilliantly colored Japanese Koi in the Japanese Garden and watch the sunlight on the ripples of its calming waters. Feed the dozens of free flying ducks and geese wandering among our ponds.

More adventuresome? Delve into the depths of Africa, Asia and the Americas on our Wildlife Safari Adventure. Offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day, this optional add-on brings you within a breath of two-ton buffalo, zebra, camels, ostrich and more. Magnificent hoofed animals from around the globe enjoy a pet and feeding opportunity from the safe confines of your Safari vehicle. Your family will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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  • The staff was excellent very helpful, friendly and professional. The Safari Ride was the best - our 5 year old Granddaughter was thrilled to feed and see the animals so close but safely. The only...  more »
  • What a great day of exploring with the kids. For a "road side" style zoo, it has a wide variety of very well cared for animals. The more you walk around the more you become comfortable with the many.....  more »
  • What a little 💎!!!! I had so much fun here!!! Uniquely surprising! I didn't get to see everything because we went late. 😭😭😭😭 Fair warning, they put some of the animals away for dinner, an hour before they close. We missed the snow leopard because of that. Sad day. Over it was great and we're definitely going again, when we have more time. 😁👍
  • I was looking forward to visiting after many years away. I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Many of the buildings date back to the early years of the park but it is apparent that they work hard to continually update and expand the facility. It all looked neat and clean. It is amazing how diverse the animals are, they come from all over the world and include rare, endangered species as well as common ones. They all look well cared for and healthy. It was so much fun to watch the kids getting up close with so many different species; goats, camel, antelope, yak, bison, ostrich and many more. The joy of the experience was all over their smiling faces (the kids, not the animal faces). The staff was friendly and helpful, their enthusiasm shows. A great day out for kids of all ages.

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