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By Rebecca Hyler, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
A chimpanzee, born yesterday around 9:45 a.m. at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, has died, Zoo officials announced today. The baby chimp was born to Joice (pictured), the matriarch of the Zoo's chimpanzees. "During overnight checks, the keeper staff noticed that the baby didn't appear to be nursing and was becoming lethargic," stated Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo, in a press release. "We then determined that the baby had died sometime early this morning. " The cause of death will not be determined for several weeks.
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By Rachel Martin and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore now welcomes Oscar, Niles and Sandy from their winter home in North Carolina. Visitors to the zoo can take an exhilarating ride on one of Maryland's summer resident camels. Until July 31 and throughout the month of September, guests can visit and ride 12-year-old Oscar, who is a 2,800 pound Bactrian camel, or 11-year-old Niles, a Dromedary camel who is almost eight feet tall. Sandy, who is three and a half, is too young to take riders but will be joining Oscar and Niles for some summer fun in between the Rock Island penguin exhibit and the Elephant Overlook.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2012
A colobus monkey was born in an exhibit Saturday at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore . Zoo officials did not know for certain that one of their female colobus monkeys, 14-year-old Keri, was pregnant, the zoo's general curator, Mike McClure, said in a statement. The monkeys are "secretive breeders," he said. The baby's father is 19-year-old Bisi, the zoo's only adult male colobus monkey. Zoo workers have not yet dertermined the baby's sex, he said. "We want the mother and baby to be as comfortable as possible, so we are not attempting to bring them off exhibit to check on the infant at this time," McClure said.
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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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