Rob Kasper wrote a heartfelt editorial on Saturday about the beauty and charm of Baltimore's largest and most vital public park, Druid Hill ("Heart of a city," Sept. 4). Unfortunately, Druid Hill Park's heart, and greatest asset, was hardly mentioned.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, formerly known as the Baltimore Zoo, is literally in the center of the park, encompassing 135 acres of the park's 745. It employs 240 people and cares for more than 1,200 animals representing more than 175 species. On any given day, 500 to 6,000 people will visit the zoo, mostly people from the metropolitan Baltimore community. Visitors walk through a beautiful park that is an education, research, conservation and species preservation center.
The zoo campus also includes 55 buildings, including a veterinary hospital. A few of these buildings are on the National Historic Register.