Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoological Park is ready for an extreme make-over - animal edition! For more than 50 years, our community Zoo has been a showplace on Delmarva, which now attracts more than 300,000 visitor annually to enjoy the animals and their natural habitats. Over the years the animal collection has grown, the exhibits have changed and the educational opportunities have exploded.

With a vision to better enhance the zoo experience, for both the animals and the visiting public, the Salisbury Zoo is excited to launch "Renew the Zoo", a $3 million dollar capital campaign to provide critical infrastructure for the zoo, including:

A new, state-of-the-art Animal Health Clinic to treat infirm animals from the Zoo's collection and to quarantine new animals arriving at the zoo. The 4300 square-foot facility will offer Zoo medical staff an appropriate place to care for these animals, and nurse them back to health.
An eco-friendly Environmental Center (on the current Visitor's Center site) where learning will come naturally. Using the best green technology available and providing a more interactive experience for Zoo visitors, the new Environmental Center will enhance the Zoo Education experience for the more than 20,000 students who visit each year.
An entirely new exhibit of Australian animals! These new exhibits will showcase some of the exciting animals of the land down under, including the wallaby and an aviary where visitors will be able to walk in and feed the birds.

Our goal is to make the Salisbury Zoological Park an exciting, interactive and educational experience that will continue to inspire and energize our community into an appreciation for wildlife and an understanding of the natural world.

Renew the Zoo needs YOU!

Now is the time to get involved in this campaign and there are plenty of opportunities for individuals, corporations, foundations, and civic and service groups to help. All campaign contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. For more details on how you can help, contact Stacey Weisner at:443-880-8627 or staceyweisner@yahoo.com

Animal Health Clinic

This health clinic will enable the Salisbury Zoo to have a facility that will house and treat our current and future animal collection. It will also enable us to further the Zoo's involvement in conservation breeding programs.

AZA Accreditation: The Salisbury Zoo has been an accredited institution since 1974 with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In order to keep this high standard of recognition, the Zoo must build a facility that provides quarantine areas for large animals, an appropriate surgery and treatment room for sick and injured animals, and a place to perform research.

The Need: Without the AZA Accreditation, the Zoo could lose some of its animal collection. Many of the SSP (Species Survival Program) animals such as the Andean Bear, Black-handed Spider Monkeys, Titi Monkeys and the Red Wolves would not be available to the Salisbury Zoo without the AZA Accreditation. Thus, it is paramount that the Zoo build this facility.

This building will house a variety of rooms that will aid in the treatment and care of sick, injured and quarantined animals (babies and new acquisitions.) Some of the key rooms are listed below. (Dedication opportunities Available)

Laboratory - all primary lab equipment for in house testing and a pharmacy.

Surgery/Treatment room - a large easily-disinfected room equipped for surgery and treatment of animals ranging in size from mice to large mammals.

Radiology room - a room equipped with x-ray equipment and other diagnostic imaging equipment.

Necropsy Room - a room that is self contained (separate air system and drainage that has a direct service room) to perform animal autopsies. This room will be able to accommodate large animals.

Animal Quarantine - a series of rooms including a small animal room, aquatic animal room, large carnivore room and hoofstock stalls. These rooms will house infirm animals and new acquisitions being held in quarantine.

PHASE 1A Goal: $1.5 million
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Environmental Center

The Salisbury Zoo's current William Morgan Visitor Center is showing its age. Time has taken its toll and this facility needs a face lift. Our goal is to create a space that will serve as an educational and environmental center for the zoo. This building will house the Zoo's reptile and amphibian collection (snakes, frogs, salamanders, turtles), along with other small animals such as spiders and insects.

The new Environmental Center will provide a variety of educational opportunities. The building will follow the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council as the guidelines for its design. These guidelines recommend using green products such as recycled lumber, insulation with recycled materials such as blue jeans, solar power, rain barrels, etc. The animals and displays, along with the building itself, will allow the Zoo to inspire a whole new level of environmental awareness.

The new Environmental Center will enable the Zoo to serve the region as:

  • an educational center where thousands of children each year will have the chance to learn about their natural world
  • a nature lab where visitors can view and experience native and non-native reptiles and amphibians
  • an environmental center where visitors can understand the magnitude of the worlds amphibian crisis

PHASE 1B Goal: $750,000
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Discover Austrailia Down Under

Do you want to get an idea of what nature is like in the land of "Down Under?" You'll be able to get connected to some of Australia's animals when the Salisbury Zoo unveils its Australia exhibit.

Today, the Salisbury Zoo features animal species native to the Americas, but plans are being developed to add an area that highlights the natural wonders of Australia. This particular interactive exhibit would be unique, creating a connection between humans and animals. Our walk-about will include wallabies, a small type of kangaroo, and birds!

Many different birds are found on the continent of Australia. A number of people have heard the song about kookaburras in the old gum tree. Now our visitors will be able to laugh along with the kookaburras' raucous calls. Australia is also known for its variety of parrots. From the elegant lorikeets to the common budgerigars (parakeets), the Salisbury Zoo will provide its visitors a chance to get close -very close- to some of these birds. A walk-through aviary with feeding stations will allow visitors to have a "hands on" experience with these animals!

What makes Australia so fascinating? Well, did you know.........?

  • The kangaroo is unique to Australia. There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia, more than when the continent was first settled.
  • Kangaroos fill the same niche in Australia as deer do here on the Eastern shore - they are the primary natural browser in the forest.
  • Australia is home to wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. There are 800 species of birds, more than 4,000 fish varieties and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro-organisms. About 80 percent of Australia's southern marine species aren't found anywhere else in the world.
  • Australia has about 25,000 species of plants, including vibrant wildflowers and living fossils like the Wollemi pine and the grass tree.

PHASE 1C Goal: $750,000