The Zoo will be closed to guests indefinitely as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

April events and programs will not be held as scheduled. Ticketed programs including Yoga at the Zoo, Breakfast with Bunny and other Breakfast with the Animals events are being rescheduled. Bunny BonanZoo, scheduled for April 10 – 12, has been cancelled. For questions about specific events, contact events@marylandzoo.org.

Click here to read the full press release regarding the extended closure.

Please check this page and Facebook for future updates.


What is the Maryland Zoo doing?

As we do during peak cold and flu season, we are taking a variety of precautions to help prevent the spread of germs, including those that cause COVID-19. We have implemented enhanced sanitation measures including more frequent cleansing of public areas with disinfectant solutions, adding hand-sanitation stations and encouraging our guests to engage in more regular and rigorous hand-washing.

Cleaning and Prevention:

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has a very thorough and detailed Sanitation Protocol in place which covers the cleaning and disinfecting of all animal, guest, and staff areas.

  • Our teams are wiping down all surfaces in their respective work areas regularly, including safety railings on shuttles, carousel animals , train seats, tickets counters and any other areas staff and guests have direct contact with.
  • All restrooms continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily, including toilets, urinals, sinks, stalls, door handles, and handrails.
  • All public area doors, railings, drinking fountains, and high guest traffic areas such as Tundra Buggy, spinning turtles, slides, photo booths, and hurricane machines, are disinfected daily. We continue to maintain gathering places such as Meeting Barn, Penguin Education Learning Lab classroom, Mansion House meeting rooms and all kitchen areas to ensure a healthy work environment.
  • Zoo staff and volunteers have been provided with the appropriate resources on preventive self-care, including being advised to stay home if they are sick.
Animal Care:
  • At The Maryland Zoo, we are #AllForAnimals – they are at the heart of everything we do. We want to assure you that our animals are healthy, and we will continue to provide them with dedicated care. As of yet, there have been no reports of animals becoming sick from COVID-19. While most animals may not be susceptible to COVID-19, our staff are taking extra precautions to ensure that our animals stay healthy. We will remain in touch with our veterinary networks to stay up-to-date on any developments.