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Come out this fall to the Zoo and exercise healthy habits alongside our animals


Did you know that the Zoo has miles of walking paths?  Next time you visit, skip the tram and start your exercise adventure by walking down Buffalo Yard Road to experience all that the Zoo has to offer.  While you are exercising, know that you are in good company at the Zoo, for our animal staff works hard every day to ensure that our resident furry, feathered, and scaly friends are in great health. 

For example, the elephants walk for exercise daily to stay in shape, and do some stretching, too.  The cheetahs chase their lure for exercise and enrichment, and the diets of the animals are nutritionally analyzed to maintain optimal health. The Zoo even has a team of Zoo nutritionists that evaluate our animals' diets; just like a personal trainer. 

So throw on your walking shoes and come out to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore today, where you may visit Africa, the Arctic, the Farmland and the Maryland Wilderness all in one afternoon!


Samson Update

Our baby Samson is doing very well. Like all little guys he has to learn a ton of new life skills. He’s learning how to lay down on command, what to do for his bath routine, and to open his mouth for tooth exams. Samson is acting like any healthy little baby boy elephant should. Of course he isn’t that little, weighing 665 pounds



Last week, The Maryland Zoo said good-bye to 16-year-old Tsavo, the male lion. In June, Tsavo was diagnosed with lymphoma and he had been under treatment for the cancer, as well as other age-related afflictions. “Lymphoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in domestic cats, and is not uncommon in lions,” stated Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior veterinarian at the Zoo.  “Tsavo was being treated with an oral chemotherapy drug that is used to treat domestic cats, but to our knowledge, it had never been used to treat a lion. In recent weeks his spleen and liver had decreased in size indicating that the treatment was having some positive affect, however he had multiple age-related medical issues and it was this combination of factors that led to his debilitation.”

Animal care staff observe the animals closely every day, and recently they noticed distinct changes in Tsavo’s activity and behavior. Realizing that his quality of life was deteriorating with little hope of improvement, veterinarians and animal care staff made the decision to euthanize him. “The keepers who care for the lions kept a close eye on his behavior, making it possible to provide him with a good quality of life throughout his treatment,” said Rebecca Gullott, mammal collection and conservation manager. “Tsavo was an elderly lion, and although the staff is quite sad, we are pleased that we were able to give him a good life throughout his eight years here at the Zoo.”
Tsavo was born in July 1992 at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.  He came to The Maryland Zoo in November of 2000. 



The Giraffe Feeding Plaza will be open everyday from 10:30am until 3:00pm. For $2.00 you will get to feed the giraffes a leafy branch of browse and watch their 18-inch tongue in action!

Click Here for More Details on Giraffe Feeding


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We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Membership Survey. We’d like to congratulate Heather Little of Fallston, Maryland for winner the raffle.


Get your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins ready for The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s annual fall Halloween celebration, ZooBOOO!

This year is the 25th Anniversary of ZooBOOO, so come and celebrate our wildly popular Halloween Celebration on Waterfowl Lake Pavilion.

October 24–26, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How You Can Help – Make a Fast, Secure Donation to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Making a contribution directly to the Zoo has never been easier - just click below to make an online credit card gift! Your donation is important because admission and fees only partially cover our operating costs, so gifts from individuals like you make a huge impact on The Maryland Zoo. Your contribution is also fully tax deductible and will make a real difference to our mission of conservation, research, and education.

Other ways of Giving

To inquire about donating stock, for information about bequests or planned giving to Maryland’s historic Zoo, or with any other questions about making a gift, please contact 443-552-5293.

If you would like to mail a donation to the Zoo, please send a check to:

Development Department
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217

Thank you for your generosity!

Don't forget to renew your membership. You and your family can come to the Zoo all year for free – plus receive al the benefits of a Maryland Zoo member.

Click Here to Renew Your Membership

Encourage your company to become a Corporate Member at the Zoo!  To find out more, click here.

Calling all digital photographers! We are looking for the best digital photos taken at the Maryland Zoo of the animals, people, scenery, or buildings.

The contest is open to all amateur digital photographers old and young. So grab your camera and head out to the Zoo this week to take some pictures. For more information click here.

September 2008 winners

First Place

by John Doe

Second Place

by John Doe

Third Place

by John Doe

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