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Keeping up the "Good Work"

 
For 62 years the Salisbury Zoological Park has been one of the few zoos offering FREE admission and parking. This unique accessibility enables each and every one of us the chance to see and learn about our living world. Your Zoo offers a beautiful place within the Salisbury City Park for our entire community to come learn, relax and recreate with nature.

This past year, even in a time of intense political disagreements, bipartisan action by the President and Congress proclaimed our National Mammal.  The American bison, a species exhibited at the Salisbury Zoo for over 50 years is now officially recognized as a national symbol.  This historic agreement affirms the importance of our relationships, both as individuals and as a nation, to the living world.    

Your Zoo is not just a place that exhibits a collection of wild animals. It is a place that inspires and informs us about these wonderful creatures. It is our mission to provide you a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction.

 Entirely dependent upon philanthropic support our education department enhances and extends the Zoo’s community programs throughout our region. Consider our Story Time program.  Happening every Tuesday, March through September, this Free program provides nearly a thousand unique experiences for area preschoolers. Held in locations throughout the Zoo and staffed and produced entirely by volunteers, youngsters are creatively introduced to nature.  Stories are read, silly songs are sung, games are played, and crafts are made, all re-enforcing the value and importance of creatures like the American bison.

Our education staff maintain close connections to the county board of education, insuring that our programs compliment and support appropriate educational standards.  This year alone our Zoo served nearly 8000 individuals from the Wicomico county school system.   More than 12,000 students from other Delmarva school systems also were served. Additionally we support grades one through nine for our home school community with appropriate curriculum based materials. We host and participate in Wild about Reading, a program that encourages our youth to read.


The impact of our Zoo is not confined to our City Park site.  Through our “Zoo to You” programs we are able to bring the Zoo’s inspiration to many different settings including assisted living and senior centers. Look for us at a wide range of community events such as 3rd Fridays, county fairs, and National Night out.

 

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.

Home School Programs

All programs are 45 minutes long.  Each month we host programs on the first Thursday at 10 am for Elementary levels and 11 am for Middle School levels.  The same topic is presented again on the third Thursday of the month at 10 am for Elementary levels. Workshops are $6 a child. We offer a discount if you register for the full season; each session is only $5.  Call 443-944-0636 to register.

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Story Time

Starting March 7th Every Tuesday 10am-11am

Story Time is where stories are read, silly songs are sung, games are played and crafts are made, all re-enforcing the value and importance of animals and nature in our world. FREE!

10AM to 11 AM Every Tuesday in the Salisbury Zoo Education Building
 
Story Time is for 3, 4 and 5 year old children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Story time is not for large groups. Groups are able to book special story time themed programs through the education department.
 

4th Friday

June 23, 2017 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for Fourth Friday, June 23rd 4:30pm-7:30pm
Come to the Zoo after hours! FREE
Eva Whipple from Soul Yoga will be offering yoga for the whole family by the Zoo stage at 4:30pm.Go Wild with Art activities, meet some of our Education Ambassador animals and have a great time exploring the zoo after hours.
 

Pollinator Day at the Zoo

June 24 9am - noon
Join Jenny Rosenkrantz, master gardener and area bee keepers at the Salisbury Zoo  on June 24th in the lawn outside of the Zoo's education department to learn more about pollinators and  their importance in our environment. This is FREE event.

Bunk with the Beasts

June 30, 2017 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 $30 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 443-944-0636 for reservations and more information.

4th Friday

July 28th, 2017 4:30pm-7:30pm
Join us for Fourth Friday, July 28th 4:30pm-7:30pm
Come to the Zoo after hours! FREE
Eva Whipple from Soul Yoga will be offering yoga for the whole family by the Zoo stage at 4:30pm.Go Wild with Art activities, meet some of our Education Ambassador animals and have a great time exploring the zoo after hours.

4th Friday

August 25th, 2017 4:30-7:30pm
Join us for Fourth Friday, August 25th 4:30pm-7:30pm
Come to the Zoo after hours! FREE
Go Wild with Art activities, meet some of our Education Ambassador animals and have a great time exploring the zoo after hours.

Bunk with the Beasts

Sept. 22nd 2017 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 $30 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 443-944-0636 for reservations and more information.

Halloween Happening

Oct. 14 & 21 2017 1pm-4pm

Halloween Happening provides Halloween themed activities for children 10 and under who may not want to participate in the scarier parts of a Halloween event. The event runs on Saturday, October 14th and on the following Saturday, October 21st from 1pm-4pm. Children will be able to” Trick or Treat” throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, educated about animals, go thru a hay bale maze and compete in a costume contest! For more information call 443-944-0636. Tickets on sale at the Salisbury Zoo Gift Shop and Zoo Education Center between 10am and 3:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for children which includes one Free adult ticket for every child ticket purchased. Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event are $2 adult and $8 children.

Critter Christmas

Dec. 9th & 16th 2017 noon-4pm

Santa needs your help! Because there are so many people on the nice list this year, Santa has decided to set up a workshop right here at the Salisbury Zoo! At this workshop you will be helping Santa create over 15 different craft projects to give as gifts, decorate your home and spread Christmas cheer. New this year for parents and adults - Holiday door swags made from local greenery! Some of the craft projects require a small fee. Word is that Santa and Mrs. Claus are stopping by to see how operations are going. Children will be able to visit with the Mr. & Mrs. Claus during the event. Don’t miss this fun filled opportunity for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit and to create special memories. There will be a craft fair held in conjunction with the workshop. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo's Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more info.