Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Thurmont

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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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  • All our grandson wanted to do for his fifth birthday was to see a zebra. Both sets of grandparents and his aunt and uncle joined his family for a morning at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. Of cour...  more »
  • I went with my family, including grandchildren ages 4 and 5 and couldn't wait to leave. We paid a lot of money to see various animals, many of whom looked stressed and ill. Having visited reputable zo...  more »
  • The zoo was wonderful. Good variety of animals and they are easily visible. The kids and even I loved that we could go on the bird cage and feed them. Petting area was great too with a hand washing st...  more »
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  • If it weren't for Groupon, I would not have known this zoo existed. It's a small park, but has many animals and seems well run. I went on a colder day, but imagine that in the spring or summer things would be more lively. I am glad that so many tropical birds have a good place to live after their owners were not able to.care for them.
  • They can do better. Half the animals aren't out or visible. The safari never seems to be in operation. There is a lot of exhibits down and have been for quite some time. Only highlight is my daughter loves feeding the deer.
  • Great place to bring your children! Right off 15. Prices have gone up in recent years, however, the zoo has expanded a lot as well. We bring our children here once a year and every year there has been something new. They do offer cups of food to feed some of the animals for $3 a cup. Petting zoo here as well, they have alpaca, deer, and goats that you can pet and feed. You can expect to spend about 2-3 hours here. It is typically busy, but not crowded by any comparison to a big city zoo. I highly recommend this place for families looking for a nice day trip.
  • This is a true hidden gem in Maryland I most definitely enjoyed the staff, the animals and all the knowledge shared about thewildlife there. The Safari ride was awesome to be so close to the animals made you forget you were in Maryland. I most definitely visit again.
  • Reptile cage conditions were poor and needed thorough cleanings. One of the Casowaries had a very large wound to its beak and bridge. Many cages needed cleaning and maintenance. I did file a report with the State and County as well as 2 animal welfare leagues. I can appreciate their history but it seems as though they are underfunded and zoo's cannot afford such a position. I hope they can turn it around.

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