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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Montrease Lamback of Gwynn Oak stood on the sidelines and snapped photos as her 2-year-old son, Tyler, slipped plastic Easter eggs into his green felt basket. The eggs secured, Tyler pulled them back out, tossed some on the ground, handed a few to other children and then stopped midhunt to admire what remained of his colorful collection. The adventure for Tyler and hundreds of other children Saturday was part of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 's annual Bunny Bonanzoo.
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By Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Samson, the Maryland Zoo's young elephant, made quick work of his vegetarian cake while a hillside of children and parents serenaded the birthday boy who is turning 4. His arching and nimble trunk first went for the prize, one of four big carrot candles atop a confection crafted of cornbread, mashed potatoes, squash, bananas and grapes, neatly garnished with lettuce. "He was actually smiling. I could have sworn he knew it was his birthday," said Sykesville resident Melissa Rectanus as she picnicked on pasta salad and strawberries with her husband, Michael, and children, Kelsey, Jessica and Abigail.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
Joice and Bunny, two chimpanzees at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore , are expecting, officials announced Wednesday morning. It would mark the first chimps born at the zoo in six years and would increase the chimp count to 13. "We are cautiously optimistic about having two successful chimpanzee births this year," said Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator. Both Joice and Bunny are healthy, McClure said, but they are under increased supervision because complications in giving birth are not rare.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks. Amari, the Maryland Zoo's spotted leopard, disagreed. And the law of the jungle says leopard trumps groundhog every time. For the second year in a row, the zoo staff arranged for one of its critters to make a prediction. With a crowd of employees watching, the 19-year-old cat sprang from her rocky lair and bounded toward two cardboard boxes. The pink box was decorated with flowers, filled with meatballs and surrounded by straw carrying the essence of elephant.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
These little piggies went to the zoo... Erna, in front, and Willy are two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, a popular attraction at the Tierpark Berlin in Germany. Acccording to the zoo, they young pigs are the institution's new lucky charms.  
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
A giant panda named Huaao plays on a tree in the snow at a zoo in Yantai, China.  
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2011
When it comes to water, penguins aren't naturals. As a matter of fact, "some of them are terrified," says Bethany Wlaz , a keeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore . So each time African penguins are born into the zoo's breeding program for the endangered birds, someone like Wlaz becomes their swimming coach. But first comes the equally terrifying introduction to being wet. Soft as a cotton ball and about the size of a roasted chicken, Male One — hatched on Oct. 12 — is lowered into a stainless steel sink by Wlaz and Betty Dipple, another animal keeper.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
A leggy baby gazelle is the newest part of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The addra gazelle calf, named Elvira, was born the morning of October 30. The healthy baby weighed 11 pounds. Her parents are Pearl, who's 9, and Makuru, who's four. But because Pearl is showing no interest in Elvira, zoo staff has decided to hand-raise her. Peal gave birth to another calf, Ray-Ray, earlier this year.  “Because the calf is so significant to the overall population of this endangered species, we decided that a quick intervention was necessary in order to keep her healthy,"  Mike McClure, general curator of the Zoo, said in a statement.
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By Anthony Scalfani | October 27, 2011
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will host its annual ZooBOOO! Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children (and adults) can participate in games, go trick-or-treating and take part in a costume contest (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day). Visiting performers will include Silly Goose and Val's Musical Zoo (10:30 a.m.) and Captain Jack (1:30 p.m.). Cost is free with regular zoo admission. Call 410-366-LION. Discover Halloween Baltimore's children's museum, Port Discovery, will host a Fall-O-Ween Festival Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. The event is designed as a non-scary way for parents and young children to dress up and celebrate Halloween.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
Two young okapi, an African forest mammal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra, have taken up residence in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 's giraffe house. The two okapi are half-brothers, on loan from the Dallas Zoo. Askari (ahz-kar-ee) is almost two years old, while Magani (mah-gah-nee) is one. They arrived at the zoo on Oct. 18. "The two arrived in fine shape after their 16-hour ride from Dallas to Baltimore," Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator, said in a press release.
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