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Bear Photo Contest

Now thru August 28th
What is the 'bury Bear Project?
“The ‘bury Bear Project” is an initiative to create a sustainable Andean bear program for the Salisbury Zoo. This project will help to support the Zoo’s efforts to provide the community the opportunity to see and learn more about these endangered bears. ” ‘bury Bear” activities will be found throughout this webpage. Our second activity is the “Got Bear” Photo Contest, click here  to find out more about the contest. There will be more fun activities posted all year long, so visit often and be a part of the “’bury” bear project!
Want to be apart of something big?
Andean bears are normally found only in South America but they have been apart 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.
Become a 'bury Bear Member!
Help the Salisbury Zoo's "bury Bear Project by becoming or renewing your membership "Bear Style!"  Click here for membership application.

Home School Programs

All programs are 45 minutes long, held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am and the third Thursday at 3 pm. Workshops are $6 a child. Call 410-546-3440 to register.


June 4
Backyard Habitat

June 18
Backyard Habitat

July 2
Teeth & Bones

July 16
Teeth & Bones

August 6
Signs of Wildlife

August 20 
Signs of Wildlife






Story Time Is Back!

March 3rd, 2015 10am-11am Every Tuesday until November
Story Time is held in the ESBA Education building and is for children 3 to 5
years old. It is a free event. Each session is an animal or nature theme. Space is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gift Shop Opens for the Season

March 28th 10:30am-4:30pm
The Ocelot Spot will open for the Holiday season. Large selection of Fair Trade items, Alpaca wool from our very own Alpacas! Hours are 10am-3:30pm.  The shop sells a wide variety of plush items, t-shirts, customized logoed souveniers, jewelry, books, toys and unique fair trade items.

The Beastro Opens

April 11, 2015 weekends 10:30am-3:30pm
The Salisbury Zoo's concession, "The Beastro" opens for the season. Weekends only until June 1st. June 1st until August 31st open everyday. September 1st thru September 27th, weekends only. 
"The Beastro" offers snack and lunch items: hotdogs, personal pizza, chips, soft pretzels, cookies, ice cream, soda and coffee.

4th Friday at the Zoo

August 28th, 2015 4:30pm-7:30pm
Come to the Zoo after hours. On 4th Fridays the Zoo will be open late until 7:30 giving visitors a chance to visit the Zoo in the evening.   Animal enrichment activities, education animals, Herb Society and Discovery Stations.  Yoga by Eva Whipple of Soul Yoga on the Zoo stage, Adult Yoga at 5:15pm and Children's Yoga at 6:00pm. FREE

Docent Training

September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 6:00-8:00pm
 Zoo volunteers have an interest in wild animals, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. No experience is necessary—we will teach you everything you need to know. 

Participants must attend all five sessions to complete their training.

Bunk with the Beasts

September 11, 2015 6pm-9am
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.
The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $20 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

Coastal Cleanup

September 12, 2015 9am-noon
Want to make a difference? Come down to the Salisbury Zoo and help cleanup one of the Wicomico's tributaries that runs thru the City of Salisbury's Park. Meet at the Zoo's education department. Bags and plastic gloves will be provided. T-shirts will be given while supplies last. Sponsored by Delmarva Power. For more information call 410-860-6880. 

4th Friday at the Salisbury Zoo

Sept. 24, 2015 4:30-7:30pm
Come to the Zoo after hours. On 4th Fridays the Zoo will be open late until 7:30 giving visitors a chance to visit the Zoo in the evening. Music by "Audio Graffiti" 
Each 4th Friday will be themed. To be announced.

Go Wild with Art

September 26th, 2015 1pm-4pm
Do you possess a passion for art or wildlife? Come explore, discover and create at Go Wild with Art event hosted by the Salisbury Zoo. Some of the activities include: Bear and Wallaby t-shirt design, Tie Die t-shirt design, Animal Origami, Beautiful Butterfly puppet, Recycled art, Animal Shape Drawing, Photo Walk, Chalk Drawing and more. Go Wild with Art will be held at the Salisbury Zoo on Saturday, September 26th 1pm-4pm. Registration can be done in advance or at the day of the event. This event is for all ages who love to create and explore. For more information call 410-548-3188 
Click here for Registration Form. 
Artists and Crafters welcome to Go Wild with Art: Click HERE for registration form.

Halloween Happening

October 17 and October 24, 2015 @ 1pm-4pm
This Halloween event is geared for children 10 and under who may not want the
scary parts of a Halloween event, however all ages are welcome. Children will Trick or Treat throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, a hay bale maze and have the opportunity to compete in a costume contest!
There will be additional charge for food and some games. Remember to bring your candy buckets. For more information call 410-546-3440. Tickets will go on sale September 20 in the Ocelot Spot Gift Shop between 10am and 3:30pm or can be purchased at the gate on the date of the event.
Tickets are $8 per child. With each paying child you receive one adult FREE. Each additional adult $2

Schedule of Events q

1:00 Gates open for trick-or-treaters

1:00-4:00 candy trail, hay maze and games are ongoing

                2:00 Costume contest ages birth -2

                2:30 Costume contest ages 3-5

                3:00 Costume contest ages 6-10

3:30 Ticket sales end

4:00 Gates close

Event Volunteers!
Want to assist with the event?  Click HERE for options

The zoo will close at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 17 and October 24 for final prep on Not So Scary Halloween Happening.

Zoo Cleanup

November 21, 2015 9am-Noon
Come out November 21st between 9am and noon and help volunteers and staff with our fall cleanup. We will be raking out designated areas around the Zoo. Wear old clothes and bring gloves and a rake if you have one. Please call 410-548-3188 to register.

Zoo Closed

November 26, 2015
The Zoo will be closed for Thanksgiving Day. 

Gift Shop Open for Holiday Shopping

November 30, thru December 12, 2015 11am-3:30pm

Critter Christmas

December 5 & 12, 2015 1pm-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 you backyard
friends, peruse the craft fair and make your own tree ornament. Watch
live performances on the Zoo stage and listen to Christmas carols sung by
area school children. 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 410-548-3188 for more info.

Crafters wanted for Critter Christmas, please call 410-546-3440 for application or press here to download application.

Zoo Closed

December 25, 2015
The Zoo will be closed for Christmas Day. 

Earth Day

April 16th 2016 10am-4pm

Zoo Stampede

April 16th 2016 9am