Know Before You Go (FAQ’s)
Answer all of your questions
Your adventure is self-guided. Most guests spend between two and four hours visiting with our animals and the enjoying the grounds.
Sure, just hang on to your receipt or get your hand stamped in the gift shop before you leave. Your admission is good all day.
You can apply your one-day admission to a membership if you purchase the membership on the same day you purchased your admission.
About 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how long the truck stays in each area and how many animals approach the vehicle.
The CWPZoo Safari Cafe is normally open from Memorial day to Labor Day, however, you may opt to bring your lunches and/or snacks into the Zoo. Thank you for not sharing your food with the animals. They are on regulated diets.
The transport and exhibiting of exotic animals is highly regulated, and for good reason. Almost no animals are taken from wild habitats any longer. Most of the animals at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo come from other zoos and private collections in North America, usually under a breeding loan or trade agreement. This keeps bloodlines healthier and helps ensure that these animal ambassador’s wild cousins remain safe.
For the health and safety of our animals and yours, the CWPZoo does not allow pets on the grounds; however, certified service animals are permitted. Please do not leave your pet(s) in your car during your visit to the Zoo. If we find an animal has been locked in a car, CWPZoo Security will notify proper authorities.
The Zoo permits the use of small coolers and ice chests. Please leave glass containers, disposable straws/lids and balloons at home. Please help keep our Zoo beautiful by placing trash and recyclables in designated receptacles.
Our main paths are hard-surfaced and wheelchair accessible. Some of the trails are hard-packed earth or gravel. All-terrain wheeled transports will be able to travel on these as well.