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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.  

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.
Date
Time
Topic
March 3
10:00 - 11:00
Backyard Bird Feet
March 17
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Backyard Bird Feet
April 7
10:00 - 11:00 am
Earth Day Every Day!
April 21
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Earth Day Every Day!
May 5
10:00-11:00 am
What's in your Backyard? Mosquitoes!
May 19
3:00-4:00 pm
What's in Your Backyard? Mosquitoes!

Programming does not take place over the summer.  We will resume in September.

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.

Farewell Alba Party

May 14, 2016 1pm

You may have noticed that we have separated our bear cub, Alba, from her mother, Chaska. This was done because both mom and cub have shown through their behaviors that it is time for Alba to “leave the nest.” In the wild at around 1 year of age a cub will leave its mother and venture out into the forest ready to start a new life, perhaps with offspring of its owns someday. Andean bears, like most bears, naturally are solitary animals. They rarely come in contact with other bears unless they are seeking a mate. Our bears are just exhibiting expected and normal behaviors and we must honor their instincts.

We at the Salisbury Zoo are both sad and happy as we prepare for Alba’s departure. Our keepers have worked very hard to provide both Mom and Cub with a stimulating and supportive environment. Their success is marked by the fact that our bears are acting like bears. It has been a great year sharing this baby bear’s birth and growth with you, our visitors. We want to thank you for being involved in her life, for the support the community has given to the Salisbury Zoo, and for understanding these next chapters in Alba’s life.

Alba will be sent to the San Diego Zoo where eventually she will be paired with another Andean bear, Turbo. With only 20,000 Andean bears estimated to be left in the wild these bears are classified as vulnerable by the ICUN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Our collaboration with other institutions is important to conservation and gives hope for the future of the species.

We are working with the AZA and its SSP (Species Survival Plan) program to identify a suitable mate for Chaska. We intend to continue this successful program and hope that you will continue to follow the Salisbury Zoo and our “bury Bear Project. Come to the Andean Bear exhibit and bid farewell to "Alba" our precious bear!. She will be going to the San Diego Zoo. We will miss her very much but she will be at a wonderful Zoo.
 
Come and bid her farewell at her party on May 14th at 1pm with bear enrichment, cake and bear activities.

Bunk with the Beasts

May 13th (Fri. nite - Sat. morning) 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 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

Wild about Reading

May 19, 2016 6:00-7:30

NOTICE NEW DATE!  ORIGINAL EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER!  Salisbury Zoo and Eastern Shore Reading Council have partnered with a variety of community organizations to offer a FREE fun night at the Zoo.  Children will learn about animals through a variety of literacy activities. 

*Activities will be offered for preschool (3-4 year olds), primary students (K-2nd), & intermediate students (3rd-5th).
 
* Every child receives a free book 

*This is a great way to Avoid the Summer Reading Setback and get information on Summer Reading programs from local libraries.

*All children must be accompanied by an adult

*Registration required.  Registration Form

4th Friday

May 27 4:30pm-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. 

 
FREE Yoga by Soul Yoga  4:30pm - 5:30pm by the Zoo Stage
 
Go Wild Art activities with Zoo staff, The Ward Museum and Art Institute and Gallery
 
These fun Fridays are free of charge and open to everyone! For more information call 410-548-3188.

Community Yard Sale

May 28, 2016 9:00-1:00
Yard sale profits will benefit the education department.   

Bunk with the Beasts

June 17 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.

4th Friday

June 24 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.

Zoobilation

June 25 5pm-10pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE ZOO GIFT SHOP, FIRST SHORE FEDERAL OR www.ZoobilationSalisbury.com
This is the Best Party ever! Join the Salisbury Zoo at Zoobilation. This event features over 15 local restaurants! Music by "On The Edge"!
 
THE ZOO WILL CLOSE AT NOON TO PREPARE FOR ZOOBILATION.

Zoo Camp

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

4th Friday

July 22 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.

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.

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 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.

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 410-548-3188 for more info.