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March 6, 2013
Schools and government offices aren't the only things closing down in anticipation of today's snowstorm. Here is a partial list, continually being updated, of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down for the day. The American Visionary Art Museum is closed. Tonight's Hesperus Cine-Concert at An Die Musik Live has been postponed. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards are closed. The Baltimore Museum of Art is closed.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
When it comes to Super Bowl XLVII, it seems everyone is willing to put some skin in the game. Or at least a little ego. (Yes, we're talking about you, Mayor Hancock.) The bets for - and against - the Baltimore Ravens are piling up. And it's not just in Vegas parlors. The Maryland Zoo is placing a bet with the San Francisco Zoological Society that would rename the exhibit of the team's official raven mascots. If the 49ers win, the birds Rise and Conquer- often seen during home games - will suddenly find themselves living in the "San Francisco 49ers exhibit.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
"Alaska," a Maryland Zoo polar bear that had been rescued from a Mexican circus a decade ago, was euthanized Tuesday after suffering from kidney failure, zoo officials said. The female bear had been confiscated in Puerto Rico by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents in March 2002 after the circus abandoned her there. When she arrived at the zoo soon after, animal keepers found that she was deaf, overweight and had poor muscle tone, but they nursed her to health and developed a training program using hand signals and other visual cues.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
Alaska, a Maryland Zoo polar bear that had been rescued from a Mexican circus a decade ago, was euthanized Tuesday after suffering kidney failure, zoo officials said. The bear had been confiscated in Puerto Rico by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents in March 2002 after the circus abandoned her there. When she arrived at the zoo soon after, animal keepers found that she was deaf, overweight and had poor muscle tone, but they nursed her to health and developed a training program using hand signals and other visual cues.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
Like kids bursting out the schoolhouse doors for recess, when the Maryland Zoo's 11 chimpanzees were allowed outside Saturday for a rare bit of winter sunshine, they couldn't help, well, monkeying around. They climbed to the very top of the mesh enclosure surrounding Chimpanzee Forrest, hung by one arm and gawked at the goings-on in a nearby construction site. They banged thunderously on the glass window separating them from human visitors, tickled themselves with tufts of grass, and chased one another around the compound as the thermometer rose to a balmy 57 degrees.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
I was utterly thrilled by your story about the new animals arriving at the zoo ("Maryland Zoo welcomes new lioness, giraffe," Dec. 3). However, I wish there had been as much in the article about the lioness, such as her age and weight, as there was about the giraffe. For a while, I have been going to the National Zoo in Washington because I felt that the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was not doing anything new. it was the same-old, same-old that I've seen since I was little. However, with the new animals arriving I will be going to the Maryland Zoo once more.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Badu the lioness and Kesi the giraffe have taken up permanent residence in Charm City. The newest critters to call the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore home are going on public display for the first time this week. Kesi (rhymes with Jesse) was obtained from the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana and arrived in Baltimore on Oct. 12. She stands about 11 feet tall and weighs around 1,000 pounds, according to Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator. "She is still acclimating to her new environment and getting used to seeing people inside the Giraffe House," he said.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, Baltimore Sun Media Group | November 5, 2012
Wedding day: Oct. 14, 2012 Her story: Lauren Webb, 26, grew up in Glen Burnie. She is the grants manager for Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland. Her father, Gary Webb, works for Verizon, and her mother, Renee Webb, is a neonatal nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His story: Brennan Tolstoi, 29, grew up in Gaithersburg. He is an assistant branch manager for M&T Bank. His father, Joel Tolstoi, owns Oval Office Supply, and his mother, Deborah Tolstoi, works for the family company as a bookkeeper/office manager.
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September 19, 2012
I am always bemused and bewildered when the Maryland Zoo is included in articles about delinquent water bills ("Businesses behind in water bills by millions," Aug. 12). The zoo has paid its water bills on time for the past five years. The only time there is a delay is when there is a discrepancy, which was the case this past winter when our bills were increasing at an unusually high rate. We worked closely with the city to correct the issue and are now moving forward with a fair and reasonable solution for both parties.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has paid the majority of its $130,000 overdue water bill, city records show. Jane Ballentine, a spokeswoman for the zoo, alerted The Sun to the payment this weekend. "The checks have cleared, so we consider the water bill to be paid and our account current," she wrote in an email. City records show the zoo paid about $124,000 of the bill, and owes about $6,000. The zoo's overdue bill dated back to 2011 and officials said the non-profit, which receives funding from the state and city, had set up a payment plan with the city.
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