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Polar Bear Watch

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Behind-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.

Polar Bear Watch is home to polar bear, Arctic fox, raven, and snowy owl. Tour participants will walk through the polar bear building and see the kitchen and food preparation area, the video surveillance stations, and the bear dens. Keepers will explain how the bears are cared for and managed, and the status of polar bears in the wild. The Maryland Zoo’s involvement with international conservation programs, such as Polar Bears International will be explained. The bears may be inside the dens depending on the time of year and breeding status, which would preclude scheduling a tour.

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A Truly Wild Gift!

Behind-the-Scenes Tours aren’t just amazing up close encounters with wildlife, but they’re also one-of-a-kind gifts.  Share this unique encounter with the animal lover in your life.  Each Behind-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 a Polar Bear Watch 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 Behind-the-Scenes experience. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Purchase a Polar Bear Watch Gift Certificate

For questions regarding Behind-the-Scenes Tours or to schedule your experience, please click here or contact the Group Sales Office.

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