BALTIMORE — Caesar, the Maryland Zoo’s male reticulated giraffe, got to enjoy a spring stroll checking out his new digs in Druid Hill Park, as the 12-year-old was the first of his herd of four to wander the newly renovated habitat at the zoo.
The upgrades to the giraffe enclosure began in March 2018, simultaneous to similar improvements for the lion and elephant habitats, the zoo said. Though the indoor Giraffe House is the same, the outdoor space grew by 30 percent, with the land being regraded so it was flat throughout.
Caesar’s reintroduction to the area marks a significant step towards the completion of the African Journey habitats, the zoo said. Staff plan to introduce his younger compatriot, 6-year-old Anuli, soon, followed by 8-year-old Kesi and 2-year-old Willow in separate introductions.
Once all construction is complete and the giraffes have adjusted to their new surroundings, the Giraffe Feeding Station will reopen to the public, the zoo said. The plan is for the animals to eventually be able to cross from their dedicated habitat space to the new Upper Savanna habitat, where guests can enjoy new viewing opportunities and experiences with the impressive creatures.