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Events

Zoo Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

December 24-December 25

The Zoo will re-open December 26.

Zoo Wildlife Photography Contest

December 26- January 16

Attention all Professional and Amateur Photographers!

We are hosting a photography contest. We are looking for photos of our animals or nature within the zoo. Photos will be posted on our social media so that our staff and the public may vote on the best photo. Winners will be announced on social media on January 23. The winners will receive:

  • 3rd Place: A Salisbury Zoo Tshirt
  • 2nd Place: A Salisbury Zoo Tumbler and Tshirt
  • 1st Place: A Salisbury Zoo Prize Pack, valued at $50, their photo will be featured as our profile picture or cover photo for 90 days and bragging rights!

*See Rules Below*

Contest Rules:

  1. Photos must be taken in the Salisbury Zoo.
  2. Photos must be of animals or nature.
  3. You may submit only 3 photos for this contest.
  4. Photos must be posted on social media (publicly) using #salisburyzoophotocontest and tag the Salisbury Zoo’s Facebook or Instagram.
  5. All photos may be used for any and all publicity for the Salisbury Zoo or City of Salisbury.
  6. Photos may have photographers’ watermark or logo.

Docent Open House

February 12 1:00pm-3:00pm

Have you considered becoming a volunteer for the zoo? Would you like to learn more information? Join us for our Docent (volunteer) open house on Sunday, February 12 from 1-3pm in our Education Center. For more information about our Docent program, click here.

Docent Training

Every Tuesday, starting February 28-March 28 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Our Docents will receive all the training needed to be successful.

Ocelot Spot Gift Shop and Beastro Cafe Opens!

Saturday, April 1 at 10:30am

The gift shop and cafe will be open weekends only from April-June for all of your souvenirs and snacks. The hours of operation will be 10:30am-3:30pm.

Story Time

Story time times for 2023 are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning on April 11.

We will be outside around the stage, distanced from each other and the number limited to 15 families.  Spots will be marked on the lawn in front of the stage to assist with required social distancing.  Families please bring a blanket or folding chairs to enjoy the program.  This is a free program and will be first come, first serve. Programming will be focused to ages 2 to 5.  Topics can be found on the calendar.

The format will include songs, facts about the animal of the day, and a story.  Children will be provided a themed craft to take home.
This program is weather permitting and there will not be rain dates. 

Zoo Stampede 5K walk/Run

Saturday, April 22 9:00am-11:00am

Join the Salisbury Zoo for the Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk 2023!  The race will be on April 22 from 9:00am-11:00am. More info to come!

Earth Day 2023

Saturday, April 22 10:00am-4:00pm

Join us to celebrate our beautiful planet. More info to come!

Wild about Reading

May 11 5:00pm-7:00pm

Children will learn about zoo animals through a variety of literacy activities. Our numerous partners will provide information on the various services they can provide the public and provide lots of fun activities for the family to do. *Activities will be offered for preschool (3-4 year olds), primary students (K-2nd), & intermediate students (3rd-5th) More information to come!

Amphibian Day

May 13 1:00pm-4:00pm

Celebrate Amphibian Day with Keeper talks, crafts, games and more! More info to come!!

Alessi Mengason Picnic

May 20 4:00pm-6:30pm

Members and Sponsors will be invited to a private picnic. For more information, please email us.

Bunk with the Beasts

Friday, June 9 6:00pm-Saturday, June 10 9:00am

Join us for our summer camp out! We will play games, take a night hike, roast marshmallows and more! Registration is REQUIRED for this event. More info to come!

Pollinator Day

Saturday, June 24 10:00am-1:00pm

Local bee keepers and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about bees and other pollinators. Learn about herbs with the Thyme Keepers in the Zoo’s Herb Garden. Children will be able to participate in pollinator activities. All activities are free. More info to come!

Zoo Crew Training

June 19-June 23

More info to come!

Junior Keeper Camp

July 31-August 4 8:00am-2:00pm

More info to come!

Docent Open House

August 20 1:00pm-3:00pm

Have you considered becoming a volunteer for the zoo? Would you like to learn more information? Join us for our Docent (volunteer) open house on Sunday, August 20th from 1-3pm in our Education Center. For more information about our Docent program, click here.

Docent Training

Every Tuesday, starting September 5-September 26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Our Docents will receive all the training needed to be successful.

Bunk with the Beasts

Friday, September 15 6:00pm-Saturday, September 16 9:00am

Join us for our fall camp out! We will play games, take a night hike, roast marshmallows and more! Registration is REQUIRED for this event. More info to come!

Halloween Happening

*This event is a ticketed event*

Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 21 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join us for our largest event of the year! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a candy trail, family costume contest, games and fun! To become a sponsor, email Zoo Marketing

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28

This 24-hour fundraiser is a great way to donate to the Salisbury Zoo for your seasonal giving. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Thanksgiving-Zoo Closed

The Salisbury Zoo will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Friday, November 24th at 9:00am!

Rockin’ Around the Zoo

December 2 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm  & December 6 4:30pm-6:00pm

Come to the Zoo for an evening pajama party to put you in the holiday spirit. The night will begin in the Education Center for a reading of a holiday book. Hot chocolate will be offered to keep you warm before we head out into the zoo for an evening stroll, singing Christmas Carols along the way.  Please bundle up and bring a flashlight.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo’s Education Department. For more information, contact our Education Department.

Space is Limited! Registration is REQUIRED.

$8 per child and $2 per adult

Cookies with Santa

December 11: Three Sessions

10:00am – 11:30am, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  &  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies, and listen to a holiday story.  At our Cookies with Santa event, every child will be able to make a commemorative holiday craft and have time to chat with Santa. For more information, contact our Education Department.

$15 per child with 1 adult and $2 per additional adult. Space is limited! Registration is REQUIRED.

Zoo Closed Christmas Day

December 25

The Zoo will re-open December 26th.