Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, you should give it another go.
I’ve been to Catoctin Wildlife Preserved and Zoo in years past, and honestly, I was disappointed. High entry rates for caged animals didn’t measure up for a great day out in the sun. (SPOILER ALERT: My opinion has radically changed!)
I’m more than pleased to report that my most recent visit to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve has completely changed my opinion for the better.
It’s like they hired a sanctuary specialist. The entire environment has received a breath of fresh air. Everything is happier – from the animals to the employees. THIS is a local zoo we can be proud of.
From the zoo website: “The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is supported by the Global Wildlife Trust whose mission is dedicated to broadening human understanding of the animal world.
This is achieved through immersion in naturalistic habitat recreations and educational programs using live animals and instructional tools both on-site at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and through presentations in the greater community.”
Well, Catoctin – it shows! You are succeeding in your mission!
I took the boys (ages 6 and 1) to the zoo in mid-June 2016. We were at the park for over two hours. And though the weather was not ideal (we experienced torrential downpour and took cover in the bat enclosure until the heavy rain subsided) we fully enjoyed our stay.
You had their attention from the main gate all the way through, which makes this Mama very happy.
We’ll be back, over and over again.
By the way, that snippy comment about pricing at the zoo? It’s a solid memory. I had it in my mind that I paid too much in years past. I can now honestly say, your prices are reasonable. Totally and completely. For about the same price of going to the movies, my kids are outside engaging with nature. I’d call that a bargain! Thank you.
All the Best,
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