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BGE delivers truckloads of tree trimmings to feed Maryland Zoo animals

Maryland Zoo Giraffe
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 14:13:04-04

BALTIMORE — Animals at the Maryland Zoo sure do like BGE this time of year.

That's because for three years now, between May and October they've been delivering leaf and tree trimmings twice a week by the truckload.

BGE takes the fresh leafy goodness from tree limbs that are cut down to prevent interference with thousands of miles of power lines in the company’s central Maryland service area.

Once it arrives at the zoo, the trimmings get sorted and washed before being fed to monkeys, elephants, giraffes, tortoises, and rabbits.

The deliveries are even more welcomed now, with the Zoo closed and unable to make money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“BGE has been a long-time supporter of The Maryland Zoo, and this is a crucial time for the Zoo to have support in as many ways as possible since we’ve been closed to the public since March,” said Don Hutchinson, president/CEO of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. “Not only are the animals benefiting from such fresh vegetation, we are able to funnel the funds we are saving to other areas of animal care within the Zoo.”

The zoo says they save nearly $2,000 a week in food costs with BGE's help.