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The Maryland Zoo

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School Field Trip Season

The Maryland Zoo is a popular field trip destination, especially in April, May and early June. If you want to avoid the field trip crowds, plan your visit for Mondays or Tuesdays when there are generally less school groups. Alternatively, most groups leave the Zoo around 1:00pm or 1:30 pm, so you might want to visit in the Spring afternoons which are less crowded.

Giraffe Feeding Station

Open every day 10:30 am - 3:00 pm (weather permitting) They are ready for their close-ups! Stand eye-to-eye as you feed a giraffe at the Zoo's new Giraffe Feeding Station. Weather permitting. $2 per branch of leafy browse.

Kid Zone

10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Stop by the Kid Zone to brush African Pygmy and Nubian goats! (Maryland Wilderness Farmyard)

*The tractor interactive area is currently undergoing maintenance and will reopen soon.

Creature Encounters

Daily 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Just after you get off the tram, stop by our Creature Encounters center to see live Animal Ambassadors, investigate animal artifacts, and learn more about wildlife. (Animal Ambassadors 10:30am - 1:30pm)

WILD Encounters

Zoo educators in African Journey share fascinating facts about some of our most popular animals. Days and times vary, check the Daily Activity Schedule for more details.

Scavenger Hunt

Make your day at the Zoo a little more fun (and challenging)! Take our Zoo Scavenger Hunt along with you. See how many questions you can find the answer to. It's a great way to get involved and make your visit even more educational. Click here to download and print the Zoo Scavenger Hunt form.

Keeper Chats

Ask questions about the animals or just chat with one of our expert keepers. (Chats last approximately 15 minutes).

Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am Polar Bear Watch
Saturday 11:00 am Otter
Sunday 11:00am Hellbender
Saturday 12:00pm Cheetah
Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm African Watering Hole
Sunday 2:00pm Okapi
Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm Chimpanzee

Please note: Due to the needs of our animals and the work required to care for them, keeper chats and wild encounters may not start precisely on time. Every effort is made to ensure these programs begin on schedule. All activities are weather and staff permitting and are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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Details and Specs

Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM4:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM4:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM4:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM4:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM4:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM4:00 PM
Sun10:00 AM4:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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