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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.Make Catoctin Wildlife Preserve part of your personalized Thurmont itinerary using our Thurmont road trip tool.
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.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve reviews
We enjoyed walking throughout the preserve. The animal displays were very easy to see and well maintained. We especially were entertained by the baboons who were very active.
We enjoyed walking throughout the preserve. The animal displays were very easy to see and well maintained. We especially were entertained by the baboons who were very active. more »
We had a great time seeing all the animals, the safari ride and feeding various animals was a lot of fun... all the guides are very knowledgeable in speaking about the animals. We also enjoyed the...
We had a great time seeing all the animals, the safari ride and feeding various animals was a lot of fun... all the guides are very knowledgeable in speaking about the animals. We also enjoyed the... more »
This place is really cool. I love the naturalness to it, not like your big city zoo. Not only are the animals fun an interactive (feeding and petting), the vegetation and greenery is absolutely beautiful. I loved the bird and koi feeding. Staff are polite and knowledgeable. They offer concessions but park goers also brought in their own food and had small picnics 💙. The gift shop is fairly priced with many gifts and trinkets. They offer discounts too for veterans 🇺🇲. I will definitely come back.
We had such a great time seeing all of the wild animals! The Australian exhibit was so cool! The safari with all of the African animals was awesome as well! Animals were well taken care of! Plenty of viewing area for each exhibit! Great place to bring the kids!
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