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

Snowy owl flying with tracker on its back.


Northern Passage

  • The grizzly bears will not be viewable until spring while they hibernate off exhibit in their den.
  • The bald eagle will remain visible throughout the winter.
  • The North American porcupine will remain outside throughout the winter but may choose to be inside his nest box.

Penguin Coast



African Journey

lions in snow

Maryland Wilderness & Farmyard

Rides, Concessions & Gift Shop

Zoo Train

Animal Outposts

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

Animal Experiences

man touching a rhino

Explore Experiences


  • Celebrate the magic of the season with Holly-Days at the Zoo! Join us during weekends in November and December for a jolly good time filled with holiday crafts, delightful carolers, photo ops, special appearances, and so much more. Don’t miss out on the merry memories waiting to be made!

Learn More

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