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Critters & Conservation

Voted BEST PETTING ZOO by Washington Family Magazine readers!

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Critters & Conservation's services:

•  Live animal shows that are interactive and for all ages
•  Field trip visits to your location
•  Pet sitting in your home or boarding in ours
•  Animal camps/classes at Jefferson County Parks & Rec.
•  Private tours of our facility
(for up to 6 people)

We travel throughout MD, VA, WV, DC, and parts of PA.

Our live animal shows are for schools, birthday parties, scout meetings, libraries, festivals, field days, open houses, family reunions, picnics, in-house field trips, and more!

Contact Critters & Conservation by email at or 304-725-3200 (land line) or 202-491-5998 (cell).

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Our live animal presentations are more than just a traveling zoo! We are a licensed, insured provider of hands-on animal education for all ages. Learn about fascinating creatures with whom we share Earth. Our animal educator, Melissa Kowalski, has a love for teaching, curious minds, and animals. She is patient and provides gentle guidance for people of all ages.

Learn about bringing the field trip to you!

We don't have a bus, because we don't need one. We bring the animals to you in a high MPG, compact car, so you don't have to bring your bus. It's a win-win situation for you and the environment!

Our focus is on making education fun. Our shows cover animal behavior, basic biology, the food web, biomes, animal jobs, vertebrate & invertebrates, animal adaptations, the importance of biodiversity and conservation, and much more, helping young people grow up to respect animals and their roles in the ecosystem. Our animals can be pet, held, or fed by participants during or after shows. We'll bring the critters to your birthday party, school, library, fair, open house, scout meeting, or any celebration.

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We also speak Spanish!  También, hablamos español.

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