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Zoo Gift Guide


Want to give the animal lover in your life a truly memorable gift? The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has some Zoo-perb choices for your special someone.  From memberships and donations, to animal adoptions and unique behind-the-scenes tours, the Zoo has a gaggle of gift-giving options.  Plus, every gift you purchase is also a gift to the Zoo. You can feel good knowing your gift will also be helping to support the Zoo and our wild life, conservation, and education programs. So whether you’re looking to spend a little, or a lot, explore the herd of great gift ideas below.


Memberships as Gifts


What better way to give than to give a gift that lasts all year long?  Memberships can be purchased for families, individuals, seniors, even students.  They also come with great benefits including (just to name a few):

  • Free admission to the Zoo for one year
  • Reduced admission to more than 130 zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Discounts on special events, gift shop purchases, guest passes and more

Click to learn more!

Donations as Gifts  donation

Any Amount

Support the Zoo and make a donation on behalf of someone special. Donations can be made in the name of any person you chose.  It’s a great way to make a lasting impact on wildlife in honor of someone you care about. Consider this great way to make a gift to both the Zoo and someone special to you.  It’s also tax-deductible!


Animal Adoptions - HOLIDAY SPECIAL!


adoptionChoose an animal to adopt and receive two (2) bonus tickets to the Zoo!  These wonderful gifts go directly toward the care of the animal you select.  Adopt an African elephant, polar bear, lion, giraffe, cheetah or African penguin.  Each animal adoption comes with:

  • An adoption certificate
  • An adorable plush of your animal
  • An official animal photo and fun fact sheet
  • Two bonus Zoo tickets valid for one year

Click to learn more about adoptions!


Where the Wild Things Art – Paint Nights 


Our popular paint nights are returning for 2016. Have a brush with wildlife as you sip and paint your own wild creation on canvas. Achieve painting perfection with instruction from Painted Palette as you get inspired inside the Zoo’s Penguin Coast Exhibit.  Animal ambassadors will be on site for each evening event.  One drink of your choosing and all painting materials are included with registration fee. Click to view the 2016 event dates. 


Breakfast with the Animals 


Our most popular events are back!  Constellation presents Breakfast with the Animals, including NEW breakfast at Penguin Coast. These early morning VIP experiences give you the chance to dine alongside some of our most popular animals, including penguins, elephants and giraffes.  Each features a special animal interaction. Special pricing for Zoo members. These breakfasts sell out quickly, so act fast!  Tickets go on sale in early December.  Click to view the 2016 event dates. 


Giraffe House Behind-the-Scenes Tourgiraffe

$ Based on group size

Go inside the Giraffe House to get up close with our reticulated giraffe and okapi.  Tour participants get access to the keeper area and can possibly feed giraffe through the many viewing windows.  These private tours can accommodate up to 10 people.  Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details. 


rhinoRhino Barn Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$ Based on group size

The Zoo’s Rhino Barn is home to southern white rhino, common zebra, and ostrich. Guests will get a tour of the facility and watch as keepers perform training sessions with the animals. You may even get to feed one of the rhinos.  Tours can accommodate up to 15 people.  Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details.


penguinPenguin Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$ Based on group size

The Zoo’s newest exhibit is Penguin Coast and this is your chance to go behind-the-scenes in this state-of-the-art African penguin habitat.  Experience North America’s largest and most successful breeding colony of African penguins like few have.  Tours can accommodate up to 8 people.  Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details.


ticketsGeneral Admission Tickets


The perfect gift for anyone (and everyone).  Purchase general admission tickets good for one (1) year from the date of purchase.  Both weekday and weekend tickets are available and can be printed at home.  More than just tickets, you’ll be giving them a fun and memorable day with the animals. Click to learn more about tickets.


Zoo Birthday Parties

Varies by Size & Location

Celebrate your next big birthday at the Zoo.  Choose from Zoo run or self run party packages that are guaranteed to make a wild memories for your special day. Schedule your 2016 date now to reserve space for that special someone. Click to learn more about birthday packages.