Tri-State Zoological Park

The Tri-State Zoological Park is a 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo located in Cumberland, Maryland, United States. The nonprofit zoo opened in 2003,[1] and contains mainly exotic animals rescued or in need of homes, including lions, tigers, primates, various exotics, birds and reptiles.

Tri-State Zoological Park
Date opened2003
LocationCumberland, Maryland, United States
Coordinates39°39′49″N 78°42′54″W / 39.6636247°N 78.7148692°W / 39.6636247; -78.7148692Coordinates: 39°39′49″N 78°42′54″W / 39.6636247°N 78.7148692°W / 39.6636247; -78.7148692
Land area16 acres (6.5 ha)

The zoo is privately owned by Bob Candy of Cumberland and has no paid employees, run only by volunteers.[2]

In February, 2020, four years after beginning a legal battle, PETA forcibly removed three big cats from Tri-State Zoological Park to a facility in Colorado.[citation needed]

The zoo is not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.[3]

March 2006 fireEdit

On the morning of March 29, 2006, the main building was destroyed by fire, with the loss of approximately 100 animals. The only animals inside the building that survived were two alligators. All of the animals housed away from the main building were not harmed.[1] The cause of the fire was ruled accidental due to older electrical wiring beneath the building, and the zoo and animal rescue has remained open.[citation needed]

2019 legal actionEdit

In December 2019, a federal judge ruled that the park must relinquish possession of its large cats (two lions and a tiger) after the court found violations of the Endangered Species Act. The judge's ruling described the deaths of two tigers in 2019, and cited "fetid and dystopic conditions" where "filth and feces dominate." The park is planning on appealing the ruling.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hernandez, Nelson (31 March 2006). "Fire at Zoo Kills Scores of Animals". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Marie (21 April 2013). "Hagerstown couple plans concert to raise funds for Cumberland, Md., zoo". Herald Mail. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums | AZA".
  4. ^ Justin Wm. Moyer, "Md. zoo appeals ruling that animals suffered", Washington Post, December 31, 2019. [1]

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