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Penguin Coast

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imgresMARYLAND ZOO- “One of the top ten behind-the-scenes tours in America”

Behind-the-Scenes experiences are private, specially designed tours and are scheduled personally for you. These unique up close encounters are planned and coordinated with each individual group in mind.

Take a tour of the largest outdoor penguin exhibit in North America and witness a day in the life of the largest colony of African penguins in North America. The colony was started in 1967 and is growing from 60 to100 birds, thanks to the new Penguin Coast exhibit. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has raised more than 800 chicks over the years and plays a large role in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for these endangered birds.

You will waddle, or step, into the Penguin Holding Building and out on the island of Penguin Coast. There you will see the food preparation area, hospital room, chick rearing area, nesting room, and 360 degree pool. In each area, keepers will share in-depth knowledge of penguin health, breeding and behaviors. They will also discuss penguins in the wild and the efforts currently underway to conserve them.

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Note: Unfortunately the outside portion of this tour is not accessible to strollers and wheelchairs due to the rocky surface of the island.

A Truly Wild Gift

Behind-the-Scenes Tours aren’t just amazing up close encounters with wildlife, but they’re also one-of-a-kind gifts.  Share this unique encounter with the animal lover in your life.  Each Behind-the-Scenes Tour can be gifted to your special someone by purchasing a gift certificate in advance.  Simply click the ‘gift certificate’ link below and pre-purchase a Penguin Coast experience that will leave lasting memories for years to come.  Once the recipient has received their gift certificate, a member of our group sales staff will be happy to coordinate with them to schedule their Behind-the-Scenes experience. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Purchase a Penguin Coast Gift Certificate

For questions regarding Behind-the-Scenes Tours or to schedule your experience, please click here or contact the Group Sales Office.

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