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Elephant Beside-the-Scenes



Elephant Beside-the-Scenes experiences are private, specially designed tours and are scheduled personally for you. These unique up close encounters are planned and coordinated with each individual group in mind.

The Maryland Zoo’s African elephant program is well known throughout the country and the Zoo is home to two male and two female elephants, including our youngster, Samson. Tour participants will meet with the keepers at the side of the exhibit to see the elephants in the main yard.

Keepers will discuss the care and management of the elephants, some of their amazing adaptations and abilities, and their status in the wild. Visitors may be invited to feed the elephants (as deemed appropriate by keeper staff).


Click to Schedule your experience For questions or assistance with scheduling, contact the Group Sales Office.

A Truly Wild Gift

This Beside-the-Scenes Tour isn’t just an amazing up close encounter with elephants, but it’s also a one-of-a-kind gift.  Share this unique encounter with the animal lover in your life.  Each Beside-the-Scenes Tour can be gifted to your special someone by purchasing a gift certificate in advance.  Simply click the ‘gift certificate’ link below and pre-purchase an elephant experience that will leave lasting memories for years to come.  Once the recipient has received their gift certificate, a member of our group sales staff will be happy to coordinate with them to schedule their Beside-the-Scenes experience. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Purchase a Beside-the-Scenes Gift Certificate

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