Ask the Zoo!

Student Inquiries

Teachers: We are happy to support student inquiries into animals, animal care, conservation, and other related topics to the best of our availability.

Please be aware when making assignments that involve contacting the Zoo that our staff is unable to accommodate requests for either in-person or telephone interviews.

Students may send up to five (5) questions via email to They should be sure to include their school, their grade level, and their teacher’s name.

Due to the large number of requests, we aim—but cannot guarantee—to answer inquiries within 10 business days.

The Zoo is also unable to accommodate job shadowing requests, but you may refer students to our Zoo Crew service learning program or to our college intern program.

Ask an Educator Program

Give your whole class an opportunity to pose their questions to a zoo professional from the comfort of your classroom!

With a 30-minute distance-learning session, your students can interact directly with a Zoo staff member about animal-related topics.

Maximum group size: 35 participants
Program length: 30 minutes
Price:      $80, in-state (Maryland) school

$100, out-of-state school

For more information, or to book a session, contact Tim Grunert at