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Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-2134
Phone Number: 301-271-4922
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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some nice exhibits, but a bit overpriced and understaffed

First thing. Go to the bathroom as soon as you go into the park because it is the only real bathroom, despite the deceptive bathroom signs on their maps! The rest are gross port o... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle B
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First thing. Go to the bathroom as soon as you go into the park because it is the only real bathroom, despite the deceptive bathroom signs on their maps! The rest are gross port o potties. We went in August before school started and the entire safari was closed. Ok, so the rest of the park is fairly nice. Mostly... More 

Thank Michelle B
Walkersville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice variety of animals, for not having travelled further (into Baltimore or DC). Their feed cups are now plastic with lids, so you get a small souvenir with the purchase of feed for the animals. Entire staff friendly and park pretty much uncrowded since local schools are now in session. Kids were happy to see a mama goat in labor... More 

Thank Kateich
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We hadn't been here in many years and considering the price, it will be a while before we return. As others have mentioned: paths aren't well marked and the paths are rocky and uneven. Felt bad for the wolves who were pacing in such a small enclosure.

Thank RSMower
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took two grandchildren to the zoo yesterday. We bought feed to feed the fish, turtles, goats and other animals. Every one of the bottles of hand sanitizes were empty.This was very disappointing and unsanitary. I would not go back to this zoo.

Thank dkwarnock
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo is trying, but could definitely improve conditions. It is rather expensive, especially with the safari ride. We enjoyed our visit and enjoyed the shade and flowering plants. On the safari ride, bread was handed out for us to feed to the buffalo at one stop. we could also purchase other food. The safari ride was shady, but there... More 

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Sunbury, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there on a super hot day, and my 8 and 9 yo daughters felt bad for the animals. The animals were hot and in small enclosures, as other reviewers described in detail. We took the safari ride, and it was a little odd to see piles of concrete within the enclosures. I never figured out their point. I'm... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here once more because we are close by and because I wanted to see if there had been any improvements. I have to agree with others' reviews that I just read. They are completely accurate; the sun bears are contained in a barred cage (where Griz the grizzly bear lived by himself when alive) and I didn't see... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

My daughter and I took two small children to Catoctin Zoo on a very hot day. The kids were thrilled to see all the birds. I felt very sorry for some of the pacing animals. They were not happy campers. After paying almost $50 to get in (one child being free under 3), $3 for a cup of feed, we... More 

1 Thank MDNomad
Essex, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

My husband and I love checking out zoos and animal encounters and decided to try this one while in the area. Adult tickets were $18.75 for this time of the year and my husband received a military discount of $2.00, which is also the discount for seniors. We also purchased tickets for the safari ride which cost $12.00 each, as... More 

1 Thank Theresa L
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I took my camp to the zoo and was not pleased with the staff nor the zoo. The staff was very rude and not helpful what so ever. The staff was swearing around small children. The animals were also in very small and dirty cages. This place should be SHUT DOWN! I do not recommend this zoo to anyone. Also... More 

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