This year, my daughter’s local Girl Scout troop invited us all to a special day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Visiting this zoo was a first for my daughters. Not only did we see the new baby giraffe and the new Southern White Rhino, but we also had our own special animal encounter. The Girl Scouts had reserved a special behind the scenes experience with a animal handler. While this experience was unique to our group, anyone can sign up for this additional service with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour.
A Day Out At The Maryland Zoo In Baltimore
For our special encounter, an animal handler brought out a small owl. Although the children were disappointed that they couldn’t hold the owl, they were excited to see it up close. They also learned about the eating habits of some of the animals there. This was a fantastic start to our tour of the zoo. Having a close animal encounter made everyone enthusiastic to explore the animal kingdom at the Maryland Zoo.
Next, we saw the rhinos. The rhino exhibit was one of my favorite parts of the zoo. I liked that the animals were easy to view. My youngest daughter was in awe at seeing them up close, compared to the pictures she has seen in her books at home.
We stopped in a bird enclosure, but we didn’t stay long. Although seeing ducks walk past us was interesting, we had many more animals to see. From the crocodile to the bears, the many fascinating exhibits kept us moving at a quick pace.
I was surprised with how close we were able to get to the giraffes. The zoo offers another special feature where you can pay to get closer to them. While we didn’t do that this time, I promised my daughters we would the next time we go.
Seeing the baby giraffe was very educational since my daughters had no idea that baby giraffes were so big.
Another highlight of the trip was the lion. I haven’t been to many zoos that have lions because of a lack of space for their enclosure. Although the lion didn’t come close to us, he was beautiful to see from afar.
We also enjoyed seeing the elephants. One of my daughter’s favorite children’s book is The Saggy Baggy Elephant. She said all the elephants at the zoo did, in fact, have very saggy, baggy skin.
If you are visiting the zoo, I recommend going during the spring time. The weather was perfect. After walking around, no one needed jackets, but it was cool enough for everyone to enjoy the time outside. From a playground to a gigantic tree slide, you can find plenty of play areas for children.
Also, arrive as early as you can to get good parking. The parking is free, but it fills up fast. We had a short walk to the car, but we were able to take a fun tram ride back to make the walk more comfortable for the children.
Some upcoming events at the Maryland Zoo include Craft Safari, Bunny BonanZoo, Breakfast with Bunny, and Stroller Safari. Find out more in the Special Events section.
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