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Maryland Zoo hosts opening celebration for newly renovated African Journey habitats

Posted at 10:34 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 09:05:55-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo is hosting an opening celebration for their newly renovated habitats in the African Journey section.

For the first time the Zoo's four elephants, four giraffes and two lions habitats will be available for all to see.

The new habitats will feature:

  • The elephant’s outdoor habitats have been expanded by transforming the former Rock Island penguin exhibit and tripling the amount of outdoor space, with areas for dusting, bathing and wallowing;
  • A water cannon and hay hoists for elephant enrichment;
  • More accessible and expansive deck and boardwalk spaces, with wide views of the various elements of elephant habitat,
  • A guest pathway in between lion and giraffe, which provides guests a more intimate viewing experience with an eye-level passage to lions on the left and giraffe on the right;
  • A larger giraffe habitat, increased by 33 percent;
  • A new lion habitat with an open feel, a large viewing window, and a training demonstration area where visitors will be able to watch keepers interact with the lions during positive reinforcement training sessions.

During the weekend celebration, the Zoo will offer keeper chats, training, demonstrations, education stations, and face painting. Click here for more information.