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African Journey

Upcoming Events

Elephant Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

African Journey Keeper Chat

Penguin Feeding

Chimpanzee Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

African Watering Hole Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

Penguin Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Antelope Exhibit

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Bald Eagle

haliaeetus leucocephalus

Quick Facts

RANGE

United States, Canada, Northern Mexico

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Fish, mammals, birds, crustaceans, reptiles, amphibians, carrion

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

Up to 28 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-3 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

28‑38 in (71‑96 cm)
Wingspan: 168‑244 cm

WEIGHT

2.5‑6.3 kg

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Bobcat

lynx rufus

Quick Facts

RANGE

North America

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Rabbits, squirrels, and other small-to-medium prey

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

About 18 years

OFFSPRING

2-4 kittens/litter average

LENGTH

26‑41 in

WEIGHT

20‑30lbs on average

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Upcomings Events

Maryland Wilderness Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Cheetah

acinonyx jubatus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Isolated populations in sub-Saharan Africa, mainly Eastern and Southern

STATUS

Vulnerable

DIET

Carnivore - Small to medium sized ungulates, birds, hares, small mammals

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

10‑16 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-8 per litter

LENGTH

44‑59 in (112‑150 cm)

WEIGHT

77‑158 lbs (35‑72 kg)

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Chimpanzee Forest

Upcoming Events

Chimpanzee Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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African Slender-snouted Crocodile

mecistops cataphractus

slender snouted crocodile

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central and West Africa, from Mauritania and Senegal to North Angola east to Zaire, Zambia, and East

STATUS

Critically Endangered

DIET

Carnivore - Insects, crabs, fish, frogs

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

40 years or more

OFFSPRING

13-27 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

10‑13 ft (2.5‑4.2 m)

WEIGHT

275‑716 lbs (125‑325 kg)

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Blue Duiker

philantomba monticola

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central and Southern Africa

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Omnivore - Fruit, leaves, flowers, fungi, seeds, some insects and small animals

ACTIVE

Crepuscular

LIFESPAN

Up to 10 yrs

OFFSPRING

Single offspring

LENGTH

1.8‑3 ft (55‑90 cm)

WEIGHT

8‑20 lbs (3.5‑9 kg)

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African Savanna Elephant

loxodonta africana

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central and East Africa, south of the Sahara

STATUS

Endangered

DIET

Herbivore - Grasses, leaves, branches, roots, fruits, tree bark

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 38 years

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth (twins possible)

LENGTH

Male: Up to 12 ft (3‑75 m)
Female: Up to 9 ft (3 m)

WEIGHT

Male: Up to 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg)
Female: 9,000 lbs (4,082 kg)

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Upcomings Events

Elephant Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Farmyard Exhibit

Upcoming Events

Opossum Keeper Chat

Tuesday @
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Caribbean Flamingo

pheonicopterus ruber ruber

Quick Facts

RANGE

Islands and mainland coasts of the Caribbean Sea

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Omnivore - Small shellfish, fish, worms, insects, algae, aquatic seeds and plants

ACTIVE

Diurnal - Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

Up to 40 years

OFFSPRING

1-2 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

Body: 47‑57 in (120‑145 cm)
Wingspan: 55 in (140 cm)

WEIGHT

4.8‑6.1 lbs (2.2‑2.8 kg)

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Reticulated Giraffe

giraffa camelopardalis reticulata

male giraffe

Quick Facts

RANGE

Eastern, Central and Southern Africa

STATUS

Vulnerable

DIET

Herbivore - Leaves

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

In human care: Up to 25 yrs
Wild: 10‑16 yrs

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth (twins are extremely rare)

LENGTH

Male: 18 ft (5.5m) tall
Female: 14‑15 ft (4‑4.5 m) tall

WEIGHT

Male: 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg)
Female: 1,540 lbs (700 kg)

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Brown Bear

ursus arctos

brown bear

Quick Facts

RANGE

Parts of Russia, Central Asia, China, Canada, the United States (mostly Alaska), Scandinavia, and the Carpathian region (especially Romania), Anatolia, and Caucasus.

STATUS

Least Concern - Within the continental U.S., grizzly bears, a North American subspecies of brown bear, are listed as threatened by sub-population under the federal Endangered Species Act.

DIET

Omnivore - Nuts, berries, roots, insects, honey, fish, and mammals ranging in size from pocket gophers to moose

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

Male: 21.9 yrs
Female: 26.8 yrs

OFFSPRING

1 to 3 cubs per birth on average

LENGTH

5‑8 ft

WEIGHT

Male: 300‑1,200 lbs
Female: 175‑550 lbs

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Upcomings Events

Northern Passage Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Leopard

panthera pardus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Africa and Asia

STATUS

Near Threatened

DIET

Carnivore - Large and small mammals, birds, reptiles, arthropods

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

7‑9 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-3 cubs per litter

LENGTH

3.5 - 6.5 ft (1.0‑1.9 m)

WEIGHT

66‑155 lbs (30‑70 kg)

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African Lion

panthera leo

Quick Facts

RANGE

sub-Saharan Africa, mostly Eastern and Southern

STATUS

Vulnerable

DIET

Carnivore

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

15‑16 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-6 young per litter

LENGTH

Male: 5.5‑8 ft (1.5‑2.5 m)
Female: 4.5‑6 ft (1.4‑2m )

WEIGHT

Male: 330‑550 lb (150‑250 kg)
Female: 264‑400 lb (120‑181 kg)

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Upcomings Events

African Journey Keeper Chat

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Maryland Wilderness

Upcoming Events

Opossum Keeper Chat

Tuesday @

Maryland Wilderness Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Northern Passage

Upcoming Events

Northern Passage Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Okapi

okapia johnstoni

Quick Facts

RANGE

Congolese Rainforest in Central Africa

STATUS

Endangered

DIET

Herbivore - Leaves, fruits, and seeds

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

Up to 30 years

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth

LENGTH

5‑5.6 ft (150‑170 cm)

WEIGHT

462‑550 lbs (210‑250 kg)

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Ostrich

struthio camelus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Africa, North and South of equatorial forest belt

STATUS

Least Concern - Common

DIET

Herbivore - Green grass, browse on shrubs, succulents, seeds, few insects

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

20‑30 years

OFFSPRING

Clutch averages 13
Multiple females lay in the same nest for incubation

LENGTH

Male: 6.5‑8 ft (2‑2.5 m)
Female: 5‑6.5 ft (1.5‑2 m)

WEIGHT

Male: 242‑330 lbs (110‑150 kg)
Female: 198‑242 lbs (90‑110 kg)

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Panamanian Golden Frog

atelopus zeteki

golden frog

Quick Facts

RANGE

Cordilleran mountains of Western-Central Panama

STATUS

Critically Endangered - Quite possibly extinct in the wild

DIET

Carnivore - Insects and other small invertebrates

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 8 years

OFFSPRING

200-600 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

1‑2 in (2.5 - 5.1 cm)

WEIGHT

Under 1 lb

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Penguin Coast

Upcoming Events

Penguin Feeding

Penguin Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

cynomys ludovicianus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Narrow bands of short-grass prairie from Central Texas north to the U.S.-Canada border

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Herbivore - Wheatgrass, grama, buffalo grass, scarlet globemallow, rabbitbrush, prickly pear cactus, thistle

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

5‑8 years

OFFSPRING

3-4 per litter

LENGTH

14‑17 in (350‑425 mm)

WEIGHT

1‑3 lbs

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

cynomys ludovicianus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Narrow bands of short-grass prairie from Central Texas north to the U.S.-Canada border

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Herbivore - Wheatgrass, grama, buffalo grass, scarlet globemallow, rabbitbrush, prickly pear cactus, thistle

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

5‑8 years

OFFSPRING

3-4 per litter

LENGTH

14‑17 in (350‑425 mm)

WEIGHT

1‑3 lbs

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Sitatunga

tragelaphus spekei

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central Africa

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Herbivore - Reeds, sedges, grasses, leaves, fallen fruit

ACTIVE

Crepuscular

LIFESPAN

10‑15 yrs

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth

LENGTH

Male: 60‑67 in (152‑170 cm)
Female: 53‑61 in (135‑155 cm)

WEIGHT

Male: 154‑275 lbs (70‑125 kg)
Female: 110‑126 lbs (50‑57 kg)

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North American River Otter

lontra canadensis

north american river otter

Quick Facts

RANGE

Throughout North America

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Fish, frogs, crayfish, crabs, rodents, rabbits, insects

ACTIVE

Diurnal - Diurnal and nocturnal

LIFESPAN

8‑9 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-6 per litter

LENGTH

18‑32 in (460‑830 mm)

WEIGHT

6‑31 lbs (3‑14 kg)

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Common Warthog

phacochoerus africanus

Quick Facts

RANGE

sub-Saharan Africa

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Herbivore - Grass, roots, berries, bark of young trees, occasionally carrion

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

12‑15 yrs

OFFSPRING

1-8 per litter

LENGTH

35‑59 in (900‑1500 mm)

WEIGHT

110‑331 lbs (50‑150 kg)

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Southern White Rhinoceros

ceratotherium simum simum

Quick Facts

RANGE

South Africa

STATUS

Near Threatened

DIET

Herbivore - grasses

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

In human care: 40 yrs
Wild: 35 yrs

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth

LENGTH

118‑150 in (300‑380 cm)

WEIGHT

Male: up to 6,000 lb (2,721 kg)
Female: up to 4,500 lb (2,041 kg)

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Upcomings Events

African Watering Hole Keeper Chat

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31

Mar. 1 - Dec. 31

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Plains Zebra

equus quagga

Quick Facts

RANGE

Eastern and Southeastern Africa

STATUS

Near Threatened

DIET

Herbivore - Grasses

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

15‑20 yrs

OFFSPRING

Single young per birth

LENGTH

Up to 59 in (1.5 m) at shoulders

WEIGHT

500‑800 lbs (227‑363 kg)

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Great White Pelican

pelecanus onocrotalus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Southeastern Europe, Africa, and western Asia

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Fish

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 10 years

OFFSPRING

1-3 chicks per year

LENGTH

About 4 ft tall

WEIGHT

10‑30 lbs

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Virginia Opossum

didelphis virginiana

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central and Eastern United States, down to Costa Rica

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Omnivore - Small vertebrates and invertebrates, fruits, vegetables

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

About 2 years

OFFSPRING

4–25 per litter

LENGTH

1–2 feet

WEIGHT

4–6 lbs

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Snowy Owl

bubo scandiacus

Quick Facts

RANGE

Circumpolar north

STATUS

Vulnerable

DIET

Carnivore

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 10 years

OFFSPRING

3–11 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

21–28 in. (52–71 cm)

WEIGHT

3.5–6.5 lbs (1.6–3.0 kg)

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Lappet-faced Vulture

torgos tracheliotos

Quick Facts

RANGE

Middle East and throughout Africa, from the southern Sahara to the Sahel

STATUS

Endangered

DIET

Carnivore - Mainly carrion; also bird eggs, small mammals, some insects

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 23 years

OFFSPRING

1 egg per year

LENGTH

31–45 inches

WEIGHT

10–21 lbs

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White Stork

ciconia ciconia

white stork

Quick Facts

RANGE

Europe, southwestern Asia, northwest Africa, sub-Saharan Africa

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Fish, small birds and mammals, amphibians, reptiles, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, eggs

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

About 17 years for males, about 13 years for females

OFFSPRING

3-5 eggs per clutch

LENGTH

Heights 3‑4 ft, wingspan 6‑6.5 ft.

WEIGHT

5‑10 lbs

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North American Porcupine

erethizon dorsatum

north american porcupine eating

Quick Facts

RANGE

Southern half of Canada, and northern and western U.S; scattered populations throughout the eastern U.S; parts of northern Mexico

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Herbivore - Roots, stems, leaves, berries, seeds and grasses, tree bark

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

Up to 18 years

OFFSPRING

1

LENGTH

2–3 ft

WEIGHT

11–20 lbs

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Southern Three-banded Armadillo

tolypeutes matacus

three banded armadillo

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central South America

STATUS

Near Threatened

DIET

Carnivore - mainly ants and termites

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

18–20 years

OFFSPRING

1 per year

LENGTH

12–14 inches

WEIGHT

2–3 lbs

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Red-tailed guenon

cercopithecus ascanius schmidti

Quick Facts

RANGE

East-central Africa

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Omnivore - Mostly fruit, also leaves and some animal prey

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

Up to 28 years

OFFSPRING

Single offspring

LENGTH

Female: About 13–18 in (32–46 cm)
Male: About 16–25 in (40–63 cm)

WEIGHT

3–4 kg (6.6–8.8 lbs)

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Broad-headed Skink

plestiodon laticeps

broad headed skink

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central and southeastern U.S. in open and often moist wooded areas

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Mainly insects, spiders, other invertebrates; occasionally mollusks, small reptiles and mammals

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

Unknown, but likely about 4 years

OFFSPRING

8-13 eggs/clutch

LENGTH

6‑12 in.

WEIGHT

1‑2 oz.

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Three-toed Box Turtle

terrapene carolina triunguis

Quick Facts

RANGE

South-central U.S. in marshes, grasses, and wetlands near shallow water

STATUS

Vulnerable

DIET

Omnivore - Insects, plant matter, carrion, various small animals

ACTIVE

Diurnal

LIFESPAN

30‑50 years on average

OFFSPRING

3-8 eggs/clutch

LENGTH

4.5 to 6 inches on average

WEIGHT

1‑2 pounds

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California Kingsnake

lampropeltis californiae

snake

Quick Facts

RANGE

California and neighboring states, from southern Oregon to northern Mexico

STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Carnivore - Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and eggs

ACTIVE

Crepuscular

LIFESPAN

10‑15 years on average

OFFSPRING

3-24 eggs/clutch

LENGTH

2.5‑3.5 ft on average

WEIGHT

Up to 3.3 pounds

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Mexican Redknee Tarantula

brachypelma smithi

tarantula

Quick Facts

RANGE

Central Pacific coast of Mexico - Arid habitats such as desert, scrubland, and dry forests

STATUS

Near Threatened

DIET

Carnivore - Insects, frogs, small lizards, and mice

ACTIVE

Nocturnal

LIFESPAN

Males: 5‑10 yrs; Females: 25‑30 yrs

OFFSPRING

200-400 eggs/clutch

LENGTH

5 inches

WEIGHT