Welcome to the Oglebay Good Zoo
Our mission is to educate our visitors regarding natural and physical sciences and to promote conservation.
With over 50 species, 20 that are rare or endangered, Oglebay Good Zoo was dedicated in memory of seven-year-old Philip Mayer Good in 1977 and continues to thrive through the support of local residents.
Explore the Outback Exhibit and Lorikeet Landing. Observe animals including a cheetah, lemurs, red pandas, and river otters. Visit our Wonders of the Wetlands exhibit to see a bald eagle and various other plants and animals that call these fragile areas home.
The historic C.P. Huntington Train Ride takes visitors on a one and a half mile journey through the zoo. The red barn is filled with friendly domestic animals such as llamas, goats, and donkeys.
Indoor exhibits include the hands-on Discovery Lab, where you’ll observe animals such as tamarin monkeys, a sloth, rare amphibians and reptiles, including our albino alligator.
Camps and Programs
The zoo offers a variety of Camps & Programs for children of all ages, as well as outreach programs with area schools and groups. There are also programs for adults including the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program.
Choose from a selection of fun-filled and educational interactive experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with some of the Oglebay Good Zoo’s animal residents. Help our Zoo Keepers feed and train the zoo’s animals as they welcome you into their exhibit. Participants must be 5 years or older. Meet the Keeper Encounter available for children under the age of 5! Learn more about Animal Encounters!
Model Train Railroad
Our 1,200 square-foot train exhibit, named “one of the country’s best O-Gauge layouts” by O-Gauge Model Railroading Magazine, depicts mountainous topography, numerous detailed structures including a working river and handcrafted “Pennsy” caboose that serves as the operator’s console. The careful attention to scenery, typical of 20th century Appalachia, gives the visitor a real sense of nostalgia.
Winter Education Programs
Enjoy winter break with our Winter Education Programs! Discover animals native to the United States, play games on Black Friday, learn about reindeer and winter weather, or decorate Christmas cookies!
Teen Volunteer Program
Become a Teen Volunteer at the Oglebay Good Zoo! Interact with our zoo’s animals and share your knowledge with guests. Application deadline is January 10, 2018. Apply now!
2017 Fall Preschool Programs
Join the Educators at the Oglebay Good Zoo for fun-filled Preschool Programs, a great way for parents or grandparents to interact with their children and explore nature and wildlife.
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