What animals will you see on a visit to the Zoo during the off-season?

See below for a list of the exhibits and species you’re likely to encounter during winter months at the Zoo. Which animals you see is largely dependent upon weather conditions. During extremely cold temperatures, this list may change due to the needs of our animals. While every effort is made to allow animals to enjoy their exhibit spaces the health and safety of the Zoo’s wildlife is considered first.

Look for updates and any weather-related closings on the Zoo’s website and Facebook page.

Schaefer Plaza

  • Prairie dogs will remain on exhibit. They may choose to stay underground in extreme winter conditions but will likely be out regularly throughout the winter.


Polar Bear Watch


Penguin Coast



African Journey

Maryland Wilderness

Creature Encounters

  • During colder weather, animal ambassadors can typically be found in Chimp Forest and/or Penguin Education Center (staff permitting).

Rides & Concessions

  • Rides will be open as weather allows.
  • This December, our Jones Fall Zephyr will be transformed into the Polar Bear Express!
  • The Zoo’s Whistle Stop Grille will remain open throughout the season with a full menu of options.


Have a question about a specific animal or exhibit? Email us at info@marylandzoo.org.