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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-4922
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Thurmont
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Description: From macaws to monkeys, boas to bears, this zoo offers visitors a chance to get up-close-and-personal with many different animals.
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Westminster, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and myself took our 2 grandsons. We were able to print $3 off coupons for each adult but for the 4 of us it was still $50. We realize this is a private zoo and this is how they take care of the animals. It is very walkable, no hills, great for small children and strollers. I didn't... More

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Frederick
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252 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is lush little local park zoo which we visit every other year or so. This time there were lots of bird exhibits, which I love but are not what zoos are all about. It is nice to see the changes in the greenery and habitats that they expand and build each time we visit though. There is a great... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I visited this zoo 2 years ago and at that time I would have agreed with most of the negative reviews.Sun Bear enclosure was too small,as was the lions and Patas monkeys.BUT,when I visited the zoo last Sunday,I was pleasantly surprised.The Sun Bears were in a way larger enclosure,the lions were replaced with an Andean Condor and the Patas monkeys... More

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Like hands on, little pricey, larger than expected, very nice staff, up close and personal with animals

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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We recently visited the zoo. It is nice to visit. They have many animals. There is a good bit of shade. It is a great way to spend the day with your spouse, children or grandchildren. If is not large like the National zoo, but it is closer to home for us. You can leisurely take your time and enjoy... More

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Wallingford, CT
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took my three year old son to this zoo last week with my in laws. We were very disappointed. Our bad experience started right at the admission booth. My father in law had a coupon for a discounted admission along with a discounted safari ride. We discussed with the cashier that we also had AAA, as they also offer... More

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Milwaukie,Oregon
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138 reviews 138 reviews
35 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Spacious compared to most I've seen in many other states. Animals look well cared for. Grounds clean. Lots of interactive stuff to do and you can focus on what interests the kids. Kids enjoyed feeding the animals but were fascinated with feeding the big "gold fish", especially the ones that ate right out of their hands. I thought the price... More

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Chase Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have been taking my Children and Grandchildren here for years. Don't expect the San Diego Wildlife park, but for a family owned park, it is great! The staff has always been very friendly and helpful. I took a few kids from our neighborhood that had never been there and they loved feeding the animals. A great way to spend... More

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Fayetteville, PA
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Zoo was not very well kept, a lot of the exhibits were closed, and worst of all, a lot of the animals appeared to be in poor health. There were baboons which had what appeared to be massive tumors in their rear ends, birds with no feathers, etc. We felt very sorry for all the animals there, and left feeling... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The first thing I noticed was the horrible smell of feces near each exhibit. Most animal housing resembles cages vs. a habitat. I felt sorry for the larger animals who paced (captive behavior). Smaller zoos really have a hard time keeping up with humane treatment of their animals.

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