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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  $65-$125

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, and more


donationDonations as Gifts   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!



adoptionAnimal Adoptions  $67

Choose an animal to adopt.  These wonderful gifts go directly toward the care of the animal you select.  Adopt an African elephant, a polar bear, or an African penguin.  Each animal adoption comes with:

  • An adoption certificate
  • An adorable plush of your animal
  • An official animal photo and fun fact sheet
  • An invite to our annual Adopter’s Recognition Day


penguinparentPenguin Parent Adoption  $50

Take advantage of a special offer to become a Penguin Parent.  When you do, you’ll receive a special adoption plush, plus access to a premiere event for the new African Penguin Exhibit in fall of 2014. Each animal adoption comes with:

  • An adoption certificate
  • An African penguin plush
  • A photo of a Zoo penguin
  • Two (2) passes to a premiere event for the new African Penguin Exhibit opening in fall of 2014 (Date TBD)

breakfastBreakfast with the Animals  $55-$65

Our most popular events are back!  Constellation presents Breakfast with the Animals.  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! Click to view the 2014 event dates. 


polarbearPolar Bear Watch Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$ Based on group size

Get a rare chance to go inside the polar bear building and the kitchens used by keepers and the dens used by our polar bears, the world’s largest land predators. Participants will learn about conservation efforts both in zoos and in the wild to help protect the species.  Tours can accommodate up to 6 people.  Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details.


penguinRock Island Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$ Based on group size

Go inside one of the largest colonies of African penguins in North America.  Learn about these endangered birds and get access to the inside of the facility.  Keepers will explain how the birds are cared for as well as give information about the Zoo’s breeding and conservation efforts. Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details.  



giraffeGiraffe House Behind-the-Scenes Tour

$ 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 ostrick.  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 accomodate up to 15 people.  Some restrictions apply.  Click here for complete details.



ticketsGeneral Admission Tickets  $12.50-$17.50

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. 



partyBirthday Parties  Prices Vary

Celebrate your big day with the animals. Unique party packages are available.  You can also choose to book a self-run celebration.  In addition, your party guests may be eligible for discounted group admission to the Zoo.  Learn more about this great gift for birthdays and celebrations.