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Salisbury Zoo

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.
September 17
3:00 - 4:00 pm
What is Water Quality?
October 1
10:00 - 11:00 am
Something’s Fishy Here…
October 15
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Something’s Fishy Here…
November 5
10:00 - 11:00 am
Sounding Defensive
November 19
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Sounding Defensive
December 3
10:00 - 11:00 am
See How They Grow
December 17
3:00 - 4:00 pm
 See How They Grow
 January 7
10:00 - 11:00
Polar Bears
 January 21
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
 Polar Bears
February 4
10:00 - 11:00 am
What's in Your Backyard? Grey Squirrels!
 February 18
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
 What's in Your Backyard? Grey Squirrels!


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.

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.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

November 7 10 am- 6 pm
Click here to down load a voucher when you make your purchase.

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 Opens Holiday Shopping

December 5th - 19th Noon- 3:30pm
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.

Critter Christmas

December 5 & 12, 2015 1pm-4pm
Enjoy a day full of fun filled holiday activities; decorate your own ginger bread
cookie, make presents for you backyard friends, peruse the craft fair, make your own tree ornament, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Don't forget to get your Christmas photo with Santa by John Milleker Photography. Of course, 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

Halloween Happening

October 15 and October 22, 2016 @ 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.

Schedule of Events

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 15 and October 22 for final prep on Not So Scary Halloween Happening.