What animals will you see on a visit to the Zoo during the winter months?

See below for a list of the 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 our guests to view the animals, the health and safety of the Zoo’s wildlife is considered first.

Look for updates and any weather-related closings on our homepage and Facebook page.

Schaefer Plaza & Main Valley

  • Prairie dogs will remain in their habitat. They may choose to stay underground in extreme winter conditions but will likely be out regularly throughout the winter.
  • The Northern ground hornbills in Main Valley may be visible when it’s above 40.


Northern Passage

  • The grizzly bears will be indoors and not viewable until spring as they naturally hibernate and will be spending significant amounts of time in their dens.
  • The bald eagle will remain visible throughout the winter.

Penguin Coast



African Journey

Maryland Wilderness & Farmyard

Rides, Concessions & Gift Shop

Animal Outposts

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

Animal Experiences

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Explore Experiences


This limited exhibition runs until December 4th.
  • Travel through a prehistoric forest of roaring, rustling dinosaurs! You’ll take a winding path through our Maryland Wilderness to experience up-close encounters with life-size, animatronic dinosaurs like velociraptors, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and more.

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Zoo Lights

  • A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work.

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Have a question about a specific animal or exhibit? Email us at info@marylandzoo.org or call 443.992.4585.