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Story Time

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 March - September
Story Time is held in the ESBA Education Center and is for children 3 to 5 years old and their parent/caregiver.  It is a free event. Each session has an animal or nature theme. Space is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Story Time is not for groups.  Groups are able to book special programs through the education department.  

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.

Zoo Camp

June 27- August 26
Camp themes and grade groups change each week.  Please download the brochure for full details HERE.   

4th Friday

August 26 4:30-7:30pm
Join the Salisbury Zoo on the 4th Friday of the month during May, June, July and August. Here is a chance to come to the Zoo after regular visiting hours. Enjoy music, animal enrichment and education animal encounters. 
These fun Fridays are free of charge and open to everyone! For more information call 410-548-3188.

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 443-944-0636 to register.
September 1
10:00 - 11:00
Aquatic Animals
September 15
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Backyard Bird Feet
October 6
10:00 - 11:00 am
Animal Moms
October 20
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Animal Moms
November 3
10:00-11:00 am
Animal Dads
November 17
3:00-4:00 pm
Animal Dads

Drumming Workshop

September 3 & 10 9:00-12:00
Explore the aspects of rhythm using percussion instruments.  Create a rain stick, learn drumming techniques and explore animals sounds with music.
Second through Fifth Grade $85  Register by calling 443-944-0636

Special Friend of the Zoo Picnic

September 17th, 5pm-7:30pm
This picnic is for current Zoo members, Docents and Donors. Enjoy an evening at the Zoo with old fashion picnic fare, music, Zoo tour, animal enrichment and a bounce house for the kids. Please RSVP to 443-944-0357.
If you would like to become a member click on the member page or call 443-944-0357. 

Bunk with the Beasts

September 23 6pm-9am
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group 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 $30per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 443-944-0636 for reservations and more information.

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 443-944-0636.
Tickets ON SALE NOW in the Ocelot Spot Gift Shop between 10am and 3:30pm or can be purchased at the gate on the date of the event.
Pre-sale Ticket Special: With 1 Child Ticket purchased for $8 get 1 Adult ticket FREE*
* Must be purchased before the day of the event.
Day of the Event Price: Child ticket $8, Adult Ticket $2

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
Want to be a Halloween Happening Sponsor? Click here for Sponsor Opportunities!
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.

Critter Christmas

December 10th & 17th 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 your backyard friends, peruse the craft fair and make your own tree ornament. 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 443-944-0636 for more info.