The Baltimore Zoo

BEHIND THE SCENES

September 05, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To create a world-class zoo for the enjoyment of the community, as a tourist attraction to support the local economy and as a vehicle for education and conservation; to manage and preserve the zoo's collection and contribute to global efforts to save endangered species and wild lands; to conduct research that benefits wildlife; and to enhance knowledge and understanding of wildlife and conservation. Founded in 1876, the Baltimore Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the country. More than 2,000 animals live on 186 acres.

Latest accomplishment: ZooFari ends tomorrow. The summer program leads visitors on a discovery quest through the zoo, including encounters with zoo keepers, exploration stations and hands-on activities.

On the horizon: Opening of the bog exhibit, mid-September in the Lyn P. Meyerhoff Maryland Wilderness. Visitors will learn about the bog turtle, its relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and what's being done to help the threatened species and its disappearing habitat. Also, "Zoo Booo!" Halloween programs, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 30-31; and Zoo Lights '99, Nov. 26 through Jan. 3.

About the zoo: Membership: 23,000. Attendance: 560,000 annually. Operating budget: $9.6 million.

Where and when: Druid Hill Park, Northwest Baltimore, a mile from Interstate 83. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call 410-366-LION.

Elizabeth Grieb, president of the board of directors: "There is so much important work going on at the zoo in terms of research and conservation without distracting from the visitors' fun experiences. I would like to encourage anyone visiting to talk to the zoo keepers about their work behind the scenes."

Members of the board

Henry Baines Sr.

Harry E. Berry

John H. Claster

Elijah E. Cummings

Michael H. Davis

Arlene Fisher

Deborah Frazier

Scott W. Frew

Herbert D. Fried

Stephen A. Geppi

Michael D. Hankin

R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric

Donald P. Hutchinson

Stephen J. Immelt

Stuart S. Janney III

T. Courtenay Jenkins III

F. Ross Jones

A. B. Krongard

Sharon F. Nevins

Robert H. Newton Jr.

Harriett W. Nusbaum

John J. Oliver Jr.

Katherine Pisano

Christopher A. Pope

Roger G. Powell

Buddy W. Roogow

William Donald Schaefer

Kurt L. Schmoke

Elizabeth K. Schroeder

Gail R. Shawe

Carole Sibel

Dr. Arnold T. Sigler

Dr. John D. Strandberg

Bernard C. Trueschler

Edward N. Tucker

John M. Varvaris

Charles E. Vieth

Patrice Wallace

David Wilmerding III

David L. Winstead

Lynnette W. Young

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