The Salisbury Zoo
Our Mission Statement
The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.
About the Salisbury Zoo
The Salisbury Zoo, located in Salisbury, Maryland, was founded in 1954 when some animals were placed on permanent exhibition in the City Park. The Zoo’s present form resulted from improvements made in the 1970s. The Zoo now provides
naturalistic enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Zoo’s policy is maintained by the Salisbury Zoo Commission, Inc. whose nine members are appointed by the Salisbury City Council. The Zoo is funded in-part by the Salisbury Zoo Commission and by the City of Salisbury.
Ronald G. Alessi, Sr. – Chairman; Eric Pippen – Vice Chairman; Linda Wainer – FOSZ Representative: Carol Scissons – Secretary; Sarah Rayne – Commissioner (at Large); Laura Mitchell – City Council Representative; Karen Lutz – Docent Representative; James Maybury – Commissioner (at Large);George Mengason - Commissioner (at Large); Susan Jones - Commissioner (at Large); Brian Raygor - Commissioner (at Large); Matt Likovich - Commissioner (at Large)
Open every day, year-round, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. The Zoo is also periodically closed due to inclement weather.
Ocelot Spot Gift Shop
Open seasonally April thru October. 10:00am-3:30pm
The Beastro - Food, Drinks, Snacks
Open seasonally on weekends April thru June, 10:30am-3:30pm and full time June thru September. Serving hotdogs, personal pizza, Nachos, Soft Pretzels, Chips, Pepsi Products, Cookies. Menu changes from time to time.
We are a free zoo. There is no charge for admission. We accept donations.
Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education
section in our website.
From Rt. 50 West: Take Rt. 50 into Salisbury. Make a Right onto Rt. 13 South. Take the very next left on to East Main Street, then take the next right on to Snow Hill Road. Take the next left on to South Park Drive, Zoo is on the left.
From Rt. 50 East:
Take Rt. 50 into Salisbury, Make left on to Civic Avenue, (Burger King on left.) Go to the end of Civic Ave. and make a right. Take next left on to Memorial Plaza, Zoo is down the hill and on the right.
Our GPS number is 38° 21.667 N and 075° 35.037 W
Click here for map and directions from Google Maps.
WE ASK THAT ALL GROUPS VISITING THE ZOO REGISTER THROUGH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. Click here FOR APPROPRIATE BUS PARKING INFORMATION
Local Attractions and Organizations:
Salisbury Zoological Park
755 South Park Drive
P.O. Box 2979
Salisbury, MD 21802-2979
(410) 548-3188 Mainline
(443) 944-0636 or (410)-546-3440 Education
(443) 944-0357 Marketing and Development
(Sorry for the inconvenience, our telephone system is undergoing major restructuring. If you have issues getting thru please email the department
and they will get back to you. See below)
Education: Zoo Camp, Birthday Parties, Overnights, Home School, Zoo to You's, Volunteering, School Groups, Docent Program