Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoo

Our Mission Statement
The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.
About the Salisbury Zoo
The Salisbury Zoo, located in Salisbury, Maryland, was founded in 1954 when some animals were placed on permanent exhibition in the City Park. The Zoo’s present form resulted from improvements made in the 1970s. The Zoo now provides naturalistic enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Zoo’s policy is maintained by the Salisbury Zoo Commission, Inc. whose nine members are appointed by the Salisbury City Council. The Zoo is funded in-part by the Salisbury Zoo Commission and by the City of Salisbury.
Zoo Director
Ralph Piland
Zoo Commissioners
Ronald G. Alessi, Sr. – Chairman; Eric Pippen – Vice Chairman; Linda Wainer – FOSZ Representative; Karen Lutz – Docent Representative; James Maybury – Commissioner (at Large); George Mengason - Commissioner (at Large); Susan Jones - Commissioner (at Large); Brian Raygor - Commissioner (at Large); Matt Likovich - Commissioner (at Large); Dr. Clifton Griffin - Commissioner (at Large)
Open every day, year-round, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. The Zoo is also periodically closed due to inclement weather.
Ocelot Spot Gift Shop
Open seasonally April thru October. 10:00am-3:30pm
The Beastro - Food, Drinks, Snacks
Open seasonally on weekends April thru June, 10:30am-3:30pm and full time June thru August, weekends only in September. Serving hotdogs, personal pizza, Nachos, Soft Pretzels, Chips, Pepsi Products, Cookies. Menu changes from time to time.
We are a free zoo.  There is no charge for admission. We accept donations.
Zoo Tours
Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 443-944-0636 or go to the education section in our website.


From Rt. 50 West: Take Rt. 50 into Salisbury. Make a Right onto Rt. 13 South. Take the very next left on to East Main Street, then take the next right on to Snow Hill Road. Take the next left on to South Park Drive, Zoo is on the left.

From Rt. 50 East:
Take Rt. 50 into Salisbury, Make left on to Civic Avenue, (Burger King on left.) Go to the end of Civic Ave. and make a right. Take next left on to Memorial Plaza, Zoo is down the hill and on the right.

Our GPS number is 38° 21.667 N and 075° 35.037 W
Click here for map and directions from Google Maps.



No outside animals are allowed in the zoo.  We are a smoke-free facility



Local Attractions and Organizations:
Salisbury, MD Area Chamber of Commerce
City of Salisbury
The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. 
Wicomico County, MD Tourism
Dorchester County, MD Tourism
Somerset County, MD Tourism
Worcester County, MD Tourism
Ocean City, MD Chamber of Commence
Delmarva Discovery Center
The Ward Foundation
The Art Institute and Gallery 
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Contact Information
Salisbury Zoological Park
755 South Park Drive
P.O. Box 2979
Salisbury, MD 21804-2979
(410) 548-3188 Mainline
(443) 944-0636 Education
(443) 944-0357 Marketing and Development
(443) 944-0778 Fax

Marketing & Development: Membership, P.R., Gift Shop, Zoo Concession, Membership, Sponsorship - Mary Seemann mseemann@citylivingsalisbury.com
Accounting - Lisa Bower lbower@citylivingsalisbury.com
General Questions: mseemann@citylivingsalisbury.com
Education: Zoo Camp, Birthday Parties, Overnights, Home School, Zoo to You's, Volunteering, School Groups, Docent Program - salisburyzooed@gmail.com