BALTIMORE, MD On March 1, the Maryland Zoo will end its winter schedule and return to regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week through the end of December 2024.

Each January and February, the Zoo operates on shortened winter hours Fridays through Monday.

This annual practice reflects reduced visitor and animal activity in the heart of winter when many animals, particularly those from warm climates in Africa, prefer the warmth of their indoor space and are not as visible.

Other animals deal with winter by going into states of dormancy. The Zoo’s grizzly bears and ectotherms, like amphibians and reptiles, will be emerging from their winter torpor in the coming weeks and months.

The Zoo also celebrates spring with a host of seasonal events, such as Shamrock Safari, Bunny BonanZoo, Breakfast with Bunny, and a Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt for grownups.

Zoo Event Calendar