Animal Adventures

Join us for special Animal Adventures at the Zoo! These drop-in educational programs are FREE with paid admission and open to all ages. Through games, puppet shows, activities, and crafts, participants will learn about the husbandry, behavior, adaptations, and ecology of different animals. Activities take 15-20 minutes to complete. Locations vary so look on the Creature Encounter Chalkboard and listen for shuttle announcements for locations and show times on day of visit. Programs are scheduled between 10:00am and 2:00pm Tuesdays - Fridays.

Fall Animal Adventures:

  • Migratory Birds (September 9-12) — Where do migratory birds go and what drives them to leave their northern breeding grounds? Investigate these and other questions about the amazing natural phenomenon that is bird migration.
  • African Giants (September 16-19)—There are giants among us at The Maryland Zoo! Learn about elephants, rhinoceroses, and giraffes – our magnificent African giants!
  • Big and Muddy (September 23-26)—What’s wet and dirty and highly beneficial? MUD! Come learn about all the different things mud does for animals out in the wild and here in our Zoo!
  • Animal Enrichment (September 30- October 3)—Keepers at The Maryland Zoo spend a lot of time thinking of ways to keep all our animals interested and entertained.  Come and learn about the special treats and training provided to our animals every day!
  • Penguins (October 7-10) - Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day and welcome our African penguin colony into their new Penguin Coast home!
  • Grasslands (October 14-17)— From the prairies of North America to the savannah of Africa, discover what makes grasslands such great habitats!
  • Creepy Crawlies (October 21-27) – Snakes, spiders, and insects may be spooky, but they perform very special functions within their environments!  Discover all the things creepy crawlies do for you!
  • Endangered Species (October 28-31) – Learn why so many plants and animals are endangered and the ways we can all help stem the tides of extinction.
  • Fur, Feathers, & Scales (November 4-7) – Animals sport coverings of various colors and textures. Discover more about fur, feathers and scales and the many ways these adaptations help animals survive.
  • Animal Movement (November 11-14) – Leap like a lemur, slither like a snake, and flap like a falcon. Learn how and why animals move the way they do!
  • Animal Defenses (November 18-21) – Poison, teeth, and quills, OH MY! Dig deeper into this subject to unearth how these and similar adaptations enable animals to defend themselves against predators!
  • Herbivore, Omnivore, Carnivore (November 25-28) – Meat, veggies, or some of both? Explore what’s on the menu for various Zoo animals and how their teeth determines whether they are an Herbivore, Omnivore or Carnivore.
  • Big Cat (December 2-5) – Here, kitty kitty! Lions, leopards and cheetahs have an incredible array of adaptations for capturing prey. Uncover how these large cats hunt, socialize and save energy in the wild.
  • Hibernation (December 9-12) – Ever wonder why some wild things snore all winter? Come learn more about groundhogs, bats and other animals that hibernate as the late autumn days grow shorter and colder!
  • Arctic Animals (December 16-19)  – Brrrr, it’s cold out here! Find out how polar bears, Arctic foxes and other animals survive in freezing Arctic weather!