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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, Thurmont

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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.

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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  • From the highway, it doesn't look like much, but its actually a large, beautifully landscaped zoo. The numerous trees made it relatively shady on a hot day. We took our 12 year old grandson and he... 
    From the highway, it doesn't look like much, but its actually a large, beautifully landscaped zoo. The numerous trees made it relatively shady on a hot day. We took our 12 year old grandson and he...  more »
  • This place is a hidden gem in Maryland - MUST VISIT. It is an experience which is so worth every penny! All staff are genuinely kind and incredibly passionate about their jobs. The animals are well... 
    This place is a hidden gem in Maryland - MUST VISIT. It is an experience which is so worth every penny! All staff are genuinely kind and incredibly passionate about their jobs. The animals are well...  more »
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  • Loved this Zoo/Preserve. It's slightly pricey for what it offers. 25~ to get in and another 17~ to take a safari ride just so you can see the rest of the animals. That being said; the exhibits are extremely well done. Some of the exhibits beat out even big time zoos for up close availability and quality of life for the animal. Would recommend anyone camping at Cunningham Falls to check this Preserve out. Well worth the time invested.
  • 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 πŸ’™. The gift shop is fairly priced with many gifts and trinkets. They offer discounts too for veterans πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡². I will definitely come back.

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