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Maryland Zoo

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Maryland Zoo
Location: Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact: 410-396-7102
Grades: All


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About the Museum:

The Baltimore Zoo was created by act of the Maryland state legislature on April 7, 1876. (Its name was changed to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in 2004.) It is the third oldest zoo in the country, behind Philadelphia (1873) and Cincinnati (1874). It actually had its beginnings as early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave animals (the first being 4 swans) to Druid Hill Park for public display.

Currently the Zoo’s animal collection encompasses more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats. Polar Bear Watch, the Zoo’s new state-of-the-art exhibit about life on the edge of the Arctic, features an authentic Tundra Buggy from which visitors can watch Alaska and Magnet cavort in and out of the water. Visitors learn about animals in their own backyard, as well as those in more exotic locales, when they take a trek through the Maryland Wilderness, home to the award-winning Children’s Zoo, or embark on an African Journey.

Check out videos of zoo animals online.

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