More than 2,000 animals live in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the third-oldest zoo in the country. Elephants, lions, giraffes and hippos are among the park's roaming game. The zoo's centerpiece is a new African penguin habitat, a state-of-the-art facility surrounded by water housing the country's largest breeding colony of Afircan penguins. Other exhibits feature a giraffe-feeding station, the polar bear arctic pool, and a petting zoo with a re-created barnyard. Also,
don't miss the Jones Falls Zephyr, a locomotive modeled on an 1863 locomotive that takes visitors on a 10-minute ride alongside the African Journey exhibit. Surrounding the zoo is grand, leafy Druid Hill Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
May 15, 2006
Currently (2006) the Zoo is undergoing alot of renevations. A large part of it has been shutdown as they are tearing the old iron bar cages down and building new open exhibits. So for the time the zoo isn't nearly as big as it once was. The Africa Exhibit and Children's Museum remain though and they are both terrific. In Africa you can walk on a boardwalk overlooking zebras, rhino, ostiches, and antelopes on one side, and cheetahs and leopards on
the other. There is also a great Chimpanzee exhibit and elephants, lions, warthogs, and giraffes. The Children's zoo was awarded top children zoo in the country and it is impressive. It is huge and not just for kids. There's alot of cool exhibits showing the native maryland animals from an otter lake to a bat cave to a huge tree full of animals and groundhog burrows and a farm. They also recently opened up a new polar bear exhibit that's pretty cool.