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The Maryland Zoo
1876 Mansion House Drive Druid Hill Park
Founded in 1876, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,100 animals are represented in the Zoo's varied natural habitat exhibi...
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"The piglets have been nursing regularly and Kumari is doing all the right things with her new babies," commented Mike McClure, the Zoo's general curator.
"Our new babies won't be on exhibit for a few weeks, so we can ensure they have properly bonded with Mom and that the exhibit is baby-proofed for their safety," said McClure
"We are very happy to welcome ...
"We are very happy to welcome these two cheetah to the Zoo," said Mike McClure, general curator at the Zoo.
"With the recent passing of Alix, we missed working with these amazing cats."
The cheetah sisters arrived late in the evening of July 23 and will be quarantined while on exhibit.
"As standard protocol we normally quarantine animals at the Zoo
hospital for the first 30 days after their arrival," continued McClure
"North American zoos that have cheetah, including us, work cooperatively on research and conservation on behalf of these cats," said McClure
"While we were waiting for the cheetah to arrive, the Animal Department exhibits team developed some enhancements for their habitat," stated McClure
"They designed and sculpted a hot rock similar to the one we have for lions.
It will have a heating element in it to allow for a nice warm vantage point for the cats to lie on in the cooler months and it will provide a great view of them from the window for guests.
The team also built a stone cave that will provide additional shelter, as well as situating various tree trunks for climbing from trees that have fallen around zoo grounds.
"We are lucky to have such talented and creative people on staff who not only know what will work for each species, but who can also make it happen," said McClure
"We are really looking forward to having Tuli and Teep here at the Zoo
and continuing our conservation and education efforts on behalf of cheetah in the wild."
The Zoo's General Curator and ...
The Zoo's General Curator and resident elephant expert, Mike McClure, recently travelled to Mexico where he was invited to speak at a conference of Latin American Zoo professionals.
Mike currently teaches a class in Principles of Elephant Management for elephant keepers who are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
It's his knowledge of these complex creatures and his experience working so closely with them that led to an opportunity to teach what he's learned about elephant management.
His travels also included lots of learning.
In this edition of Off Exhibit, find out what he discovered on his trip to Zoo de Leon and how the effort to care for elephants and protect their species is becoming more global than ever.
"Bloke was one of several kookaburras ...
"Bloke was one of several kookaburras on exhibit in the Main Valley before becoming an Animal Ambassador 17 years ago," said Mike McClure, general curator for the Zoo.
"The birth seemed to be without ...
"The birth seemed to be without complication and the baby appeared to be healthy," stated Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo.
"However, it soon became apparent that Carole was not adapting to motherhood appropriately and we made the difficult decision to remove and hand-rear the baby while searching for a suitable home with a nurturing surrogate."
Chimps 30 Keeva 1
For several weeks, Maryland Zoo
staff cared for Keeva
24/7 in a behind-the-scenes area in the Zoo's Chimpanzee Forest, where she
remained in close proximity to the chimp troop.
"Even as a tiny infant, it was important to familiarize Keeva
with the sights, sounds and even scent of the troop," continued McClure
During this same timeframe, the Maryland Zoo's
animal care team worked with the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan
(SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA) to identify an adult female chimpanzee who might fill the role of surrogate mother.
It was determined that Keeva would be moved to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo where she could be matched with a proven surrogate named "Abby."