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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2011
Two Great Grey Owls, also known as Lapland Owls, sit inside an open air cage at Siberia's Royev Ruchey zoo.
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
Jack Ramsey was chugging along in the Baltimore Marathon Saturday when he spotted the penguin by the side of the road. So he stopped, fished a camera from his pocket and took a picture of Tails, a six-year-old African blackfooted penguin who lives in the Maryland Zoo. "My wife loves penguins," said Ramsey, of Taneytown. "If I didn't take its picture, she'd be mad at me, no matter how much time I lost doing it. " For the first time in the marathon's 11-year history, participants ran for one-half mile through part of the zoo. Though the route bypassed exhibits, runners still met up with a cast of critters along the way - everything from a Chinese alligator to a North American striped skunk.
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
Four Indochinese tiger cubs sit in a basket at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin. The four tigers were born at the zoo on August 10.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
Go ahead, call her children "hammer-heads. " Mom won't mind. Two young female hamerkops, African wading birds with a flat crest atop their heads that resembles a hammer, were hatched last month at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and should soon be ready to take flight. "They are now fledging and are preparing to leave the nest," said Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator. The two chicks were first seen inside the hamerkops' huge nest in the zoo's African aviary Aug. 18, and since then have been cared for and fed — a chore mom and dad hamerkops share — by the zoo's breeding pair, 10-year-old Edith and 12-year-old Archie.
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2011
Behold the cuteness! Two newborn Red Panda twin cubs make their debut before reporters at Berlin's Tierpark zoo this week.The pandas, named Kit and Kitty, were born in June in the German capital. 
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