I figured since I was out and about and in the area....I would go to the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve. http://www.cwpzoo.com/. 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788. $14,95 per adult. Open till 6pm.
I must say that I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with the experience. Yes, it does have the "petting zoo by the roadside feel", but, it is rather void of omg numbers of people, I believe that we only saw a total of 20 people our entire time there. It is also a rather friendly atmosphere. The employees are actually rather knowledgeable and care about their jobs and the animals, not like many other zoo's I have been to. Not only that, it is a fairly large area with several exhibits, the animals literally just inches within your reach. If you wanted to be retarded and lose a finger by trying to pet the animals your not supposed to, all the more power to you. :P
Oh and they have a resident lazy coon with his own little house. ^.^
My trip uploaded to photobucket: http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/locadocoon/Zoo/.
Look out DC Zoo! Your next! Mwuahahahahaha!