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Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-2134
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+1 301-271-4922
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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From macaws to monkeys, boas to bears, this zoo offers visitors a chance to...

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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Super fun with my little ones

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
twhitt03
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Fairfield, Pennsylvania
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Fairfield, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 see the animals

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Baltimore, Maryland
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92 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 to keep them happy.

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Thank SheilaMcc
Dover, New Hampshire
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886 reviews
403 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

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 mid-October, they were in the September 8th - November 8th price bracket: $16.95 - Adults - ages 13 & up $11.50 -... More 

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2 Thank Maurene_K
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61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

We left this zoo feeling very sad and deoressed just like the animals must be. All the enclosures are dirty, small, or unfit for the species it housed. The pathways are dirt, or gravel and strollers are impossible here. The smell was overwhelming, much worse than any other zoo Ive been too. Some of the animals were pacing so much... More 

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1 Thank Winchester82
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We have visited Catoctin Wildlife Preserve for years but this is our first opportunity to review it. While we always enjoy seeing the animals we feel sad that many of them are in small enclosures and/or settings that are not akin to their natural habitats. Some changes would be helpful to make this a more enjoyable experience. You are provided... More 

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Thank Vincent G
Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This is a small zoo, and doesn't have many of the more modern, fancy habitats that large zoos have. Many animals are in small cages, which is unfortunate, but they appear to be well cared for. Some animals did exhibit cage stress of endless, aimless pacing around, particularly the wolves and the sun bears. They could benefit from some enrichment... More 

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Warrenton, Virginia
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Haven't been there for years but when my children were young we would spend the whole day there. The kids loved the slide and the animals.

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Thank mcmandj
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited the Catoctin Zoo over the weekend. We have a 3 year old and a 5 month old. We also met my parents there. My first impression upon exiting the gift shop where you buy tickets, is how nice and natural the setting was. You don't immediately see large metal cages and enclosures. We visited the... More 

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2 Thank annettedepalma
Maryland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Amazing day for children and adults as well! Lots of hands on with animals - rest stops - little playgrounds etc.

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Thank Busiesstraveler
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Just loved the zoo first time there. Loved seeing the new arrivals the little babies to cute. Keep up the great job.

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