Add a Zoo Experience to Your Visit!

Your chance to meet eye to eye with the world’s tallest land animal, up close and personal with endangered species like African penguins and more incredible encounters.


Animals Up Close

An immersive look into animal care and conservation with the keepers who know the animals best.

NEW! Okapi Training

Learn all about the Zoo’s resident okapi, Askari, through a training session with this rare, endangered species.

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Rhino Training

Step inside our African Watering Hole barn to watch a training session with our rhinos, J.P. and Jelani.

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Penguin Encounters

It’s your chance to meet and greet our endangered African penguin ambassadors.

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Giraffe Training

See how our Care Team interacts with the giraffe herd by joining us for an outdoor training session.

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Otter Training

Feed river otters Piper and Hudson before participating in a training session with these aquatic mammals.

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Penguin Training

Sit with our Care Team during a feeding session to experience the African penguin colony up close.

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Tortoise Feeding

Step off the African Boardwalk and into the Tortoise Habitat to feed our sulcata and leopard tortoises.

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Animal Interactive

A casual “meet and greet” with some of the Zoo’s most popular animals.

Giraffe Feeding Station ($)

Come by for a branch of acacia browse and feed the giraffe by hand.

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Daily Events (Free)

The Zoo has a variety of events going on every day including penguin feedings, keeper chats, and more!

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Goat Grooming (Free)

Brush some very friendly (and furry) faces in the Zoo’s Farmyard.

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Interested in scheduling a private experience? Contact us at tickets@marylandzoo.org to start customizing your experience today! Starting at $500, most experiences are recommended for guests 8 years of age and older, price includes same-day admission to the Zoo.