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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Thurmont

(2.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
The Catocin Wildlife Preserve is a 100acre zoo and wildlife preserve ( are accessible to the public) located on Maryland Route 806 in Thurmont, Maryland, USA.The zoo features safari truck rides that let visitors touch and feed large herbivores in a wooded setting.
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  • It is amazing for little ones it's not to overwhelming it's just perfect . The animals are so cute . We had and amazing day . Thank you so much Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo . We love coming to s...  more »
  • I am spoiled by my close proximity to both the National Zoo and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This is a kinder, gentler zoo which is perfect for little ones. Not too much walking but enough animals t...  more »
  • We were surprised at the size of the zoo. It was on 35 acres with room to grow. Admission charges varied with the seasons. The highest during the prime summer months. During the time of our visit in m...  more »
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  • My experience was fantastic. All of the animals were very active, well taken care of, and the staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The animals pens were very well kept, the variety of animals was very exciting. It was surprising how close you can get to the animals. I could have spent all day at the petting zoo. We will be going back again and again to support the wildlife and the staff. The gift shop had an eclectic variety of artistic souvenirs that support the zoo. You need to see it to believe it. Thank you
  • I was not happy at all. Mainly for the animals well being. The habits are way to small, over crowded, not well maintained. Most the animals habitats were on the verge of falling apart. Most the animals look under feed and didn't have any clean accessible water. The only animals that looked happy were the ones in the petting zoo where they were getting food from customers. The park its self also looked pretty run down and needs serious maintenance.
  • Lots of fun animals to check out. Employees incredibly nice and helpful. Great pricing. We missed the safari ride, but we'll definitely check it out next time we go back.
  • I find myself very conflicted. I got to be closer to many animals than I would have normally been but that's due to smallish enclosures. Not cruel, bit it just didn't seem roomy. The animals all seemed super healthy and there were babies everywhere, but it wasn't spacious. I loved how nestled in the woods it was. Facilities left a lot to be desired
  • Terrible! The cages are extremelly small for this wild animals. It is cruel and I find very sad the living conditions of this poor animals. I went with my grandkids and they did not have a good time at all. It was Very disapointed to see that this animals dont have room to move. It is really cruel!