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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Activities:

In the Maryland Wilderness exhibit:

  • Look for butterflies, frogs, turtles and other local wildlife in a natural bog
  • Walk like a gallinule across giant-sized lilypads in a freshwater marsh
  • Pretend you're a marsh bird and sit in an oversized nest (or two)
  • Stand in an underwater viewing area and see otters cavorting overhead in a piedmont stream
  • Discover forest life from the inside out – enter a white oak snag at root level, climb into the canopy, and slide back to the ground on the Giant Tree Slide!
  • Visit a working farmyard and learn about connections between Maryland agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay

On-grounds Programming:

Visitors can investigate artifacts and chat with Zoo educators at EdZOOcation Stations, informal, hands-on learning stations that include one on the Chesapeake Bay and one on bog turtles. Visitors can get more information on the Chesapeake Bay at the Maryland Wilderness Education Outpost attached to the Maryland Wilderness exhibit.

School Programs:

The Zoo offers Free Admission for Maryland School Groups - All Maryland school, daycare and Head Start students enter the Zoo free with a pre-registered group. One adult (teacher or chaperone) enters free for every four students in the group. To register, fill out the information requested below and fax or mail this form to the Zoo (address and fax number are given below). All individuals (adult and student) entering the Zoo with an out-of-state school, daycare or Head Start pay the current group rate. Resources are available on the website at www.marylandzoo.org, follow the link from the school bus image.

School groups for a modest fee can focus their visit to the Zoo on the Chesapeake Bay or its watershed by signing up in advance for particular programs offered by the School Programs Department such as “Disappearing Bog,” “Wings over Maryland Meadows,” or “Walk Across Maryland.”

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours
Pet policy: The Zoo welcomes service animals. In the unlikely event that the presence of a service animal disturbs animals in the Zoo’s collection, however, the service animal will have to be walked to another part of the Zoo.
Facilities:

Exhibits at the Maryland Zoo: In addition to the Maryland Wilderness and Children's Zoo exhibit, visitors to the Zoo can enjoy the Polar Bear Watch exhibit and the African Journey exhibit. See polar bears, Arctic fox, snowy owls and ravens in the Polar Bear Watch exhibit and discover what it's like to live in the company of wildlife on the edge of the Arctic, in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada . Imagine yourself on safari in Africa as you wander through the African Journey exhibit, meeting leopards, lions, giraffe, elephants and many other species of wildlife along the way.

Strollers/Wheelchairs: Strollers and wheelchairs are available for a nominal fee. Please inquire at Wild Things Gift shop upon entering the Zoo.

Food/Refreshments: Food and refreshment services are provided by Aramark services throughout the Zoo. Vending machines are also provided in several locations throughout the Zoo. A portion of all sales directly benefits The Maryland Zoo's conservation and education programs.

Gift Shops: Wild Things Gift Shop carries Plush animals, toys, apparel, gifts, books and more - all with a wildlife conservation theme. You may inquire at the gift shop for stroller and wheelchair rentals.

Trams: Hop aboard our trams and be transported to the center of the Zoo to begin your journey.

Restrooms: Restrooms are handicap accessible, equipped with changing stations and available in several locations throughout the Zoo.

Public Telephones: Located at the Village Green and Oasis.

ATM: Located near the Explorer's Cantina at the Village Green.

Picnic Tables/Eating Areas: Relax at one of several eating areas located throughout the Zoo or find a quiet spot to picnic with your family. The Zoo offers plenty of space to experience the best of your visit – including scenic picnic areas by Waterfowl Lake . (occasionally closed for private events).

First Aid: First Aid is provided by Zoo Security. If you require assistance, please ask a Zoo employee to notify Security.

Accessibility:

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore makes every effort to accommodate visitors with physical disabilities. There are parking spaces at the entrance for disabled visitors. Wheelchairs (non-motorized) are available for rent from the Wild Things Gift Shop for a nominal fee. Restrooms at the Zoo's entrance and in the Village Green are wheelchair-accessible.

Zoo exhibits are also wheelchair-accessible. Please be aware, however, that the Zoo is an outdoor experience, sometimes over hilly terrain and along irregular paths. The Zoo welcomes service animals. In the unlikely event that the presence of a service animal disturbs animals in the Zoo's collection, however, the service animal will have to be walked to another part of the Zoo.

Group tours may arrange for sign-language, oral, or cued-speech interpreters for scheduled programs by calling 443-552-5300 at least two weeks in advance.


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