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Keeping up the "Good Work"

 
For 62 years the Salisbury Zoological Park has been one of the few zoos offering FREE admission and parking. This unique accessibility enables each and every one of us the chance to see and learn about our living world. Your Zoo offers a beautiful place within the Salisbury City Park for our entire community to come learn, relax and recreate with nature.

This past year, even in a time of intense political disagreements, bipartisan action by the President and Congress proclaimed our National Mammal.  The American bison, a species exhibited at the Salisbury Zoo for over 50 years is now officially recognized as a national symbol.  This historic agreement affirms the importance of our relationships, both as individuals and as a nation, to the living world.    

Your Zoo is not just a place that exhibits a collection of wild animals. It is a place that inspires and informs us about these wonderful creatures. It is our mission to provide you a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction.

 Entirely dependent upon philanthropic support our education department enhances and extends the Zoo’s community programs throughout our region. Consider our Story Time program.  Happening every Tuesday, March through September, this Free program provides nearly a thousand unique experiences for area preschoolers. Held in locations throughout the Zoo and staffed and produced entirely by volunteers, youngsters are creatively introduced to nature.  Stories are read, silly songs are sung, games are played, and crafts are made, all re-enforcing the value and importance of creatures like the American bison.

Our education staff maintain close connections to the county board of education, insuring that our programs compliment and support appropriate educational standards.  This year alone our Zoo served nearly 8000 individuals from the Wicomico county school system.   More than 12,000 students from other Delmarva school systems also were served. Additionally we support grades one through nine for our home school community with appropriate curriculum based materials. We host and participate in Wild about Reading, a program that encourages our youth to read.


The impact of our Zoo is not confined to our City Park site.  Through our “Zoo to You” programs we are able to bring the Zoo’s inspiration to many different settings including assisted living and senior centers. Look for us at a wide range of community events such as 3rd Fridays, county fairs, and National Night out.

 

Story Time

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 March - September
Story Time is held in the ESBA Education Center and is for children 3 to 5 years old and their parent/caregiver.  It is a free event. Each session has an animal or nature theme. Space is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Story Time is not for groups.  Groups are able to book special programs through the education department.  

The "Bury Bear Project"

What is the 'bury Bear Project?

 
Andean bears are normally found only in South America but they have been a part of the Salisbury Zoo since 1974. In that time the Salisbury Zoo has seen some notable achievements. The Salisbury Zoo was home to “Poopsie” who, at the time of her death in 2013, was the oldest known Andean bear ever. During the 1980’s the Zoo produced several cubs that found homes in other zoos around the world. During that time tens of thousands of visitors and Salisbury area residents were able to see and
enjoy these unique bears.

Regrettably, the world’s population of Andean bears has steadily declined. At this time, there are fewer than 20,000 bears left in the wild and that number is projected to decrease by 30% over the next several years. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Through the AZA the Zoo is one of 25 zoos that collaboratively manage a captive population of 46 bears through the Species Survival Program. During this past year the Salisbury Zoo was home to one of three of cubs successfully produced within this program.

As Salisbury’s bear cub grows up visitors have a unique opportunity to observe a rare and vulnerable species. The Salisbury Zoo also has the opportunity to recognize that its past successes create a special opportunity to fill a unique need. Through the ‘bury Bear Project, the Zoo hopes to create a sustainable commitment to Andean bears and, more specifically, to making Andean bears a prominent and permanent feature of our Zoo. With the world’s population of these animals in continuing decline, it is imperative that we are able to be a productive participant in on-going collaborative captive management. The ‘bury Bear Project is an initiative to develop specific resources to support the Salisbury Zoo’s Andean Bear program. This will enable the Zoo to collaborate with other zoos in the successful captive management of an Andean bear population to sustain our capacity to present this unique animal to our community.
 

How you can help! By joining or renewing your membership with the Salisbury Zoo you can opt. to donate extra that will go to this initiative. Click HERE for brochure and form.

Home School Programs

All programs are 45 minutes long, held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am for Elementary levels and 11 am for Middle School levels and the third Thursday at 3 pm for Elementary levels. Workshops are $6 a child. Call 443-944-0636 to register.
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Date
Time
Topic
December 1
10:00 - 11:00
Spooky and Scary
December 1
11:00-12:00 pm
Talking Skulls
December 15
3:00-4:00 pm
Spooky and Scary
January 5
10:00-11:00
Amphibians
January 5
11:00-12:00 Cleaning the Water
January 19
3:00-4:00 pm
Amphibians
February 2
10:00-11:00 am
What Animals Live in our Waterways?
February 2
11:00-12:00 pm
There ought to be a Law
February 16
3:00-4:00 pm
What Animals Live in our Waterways?
March 2
10:000-11:00 am
Whose Egg is This?
March 2
11:00-12:00 pm
Ecotones
March 16
3:00-4:00 pm
Whose Egg is This?
April 6
10:00-11:00 am
Marine Mammals
April 6
11:00-12:00 pm
Crossing the River
April 20
3:00-4:00 pm
Marine Mammals
May 4
10:00-11:00 am
Birds of Prey
May 4
11:00-12:00 pm
Summer Travelers
May 18
3:00-4:00 pm
Birds of Prey

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

November 5, 2016 10:00am - 6:00 pm
On November 5, we will host a book fair at the Salisbury Barnes and Noble store.  You can come out and visit us to see some of our animal ambassadors and participate in a scavenger hunt around the store. 
By mentioning you support the Salisbury Zoo at check out, we will receive a portion of the sales total.  If you can't make it to the store, that's okay, you can still help.  Shop online and use the voucher code, 11996980 and the zoo education department will receive a portion of the sales amount. The proceeds will assist us in purchasing books like field guides and animal fact books that will compliment our programs.  
Encourage your friends and family to beat the rush of holiday shopping and support the zoo at the same time!

Critter Christmas

December 10th & 17th Noon - 4pm
Enjoy a day full of fun filled holiday activities; decorate your own ginger bread cookie, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make presents for your backyard friends, peruse the craft fair and make your own tree ornament. Come and enjoy the Zoo as usual, some of the activities will involve a small fee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo's Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more info.
 
Crafters Wanted for our Craft Fair. Click here for registration form. 
Volunteer opportunities are available for prep, the event and clean up. Find out more here.