Here they are—your May photo contest winners! 🎉 🥇 "Just Being a Cat" by Paul Thiessen 🥈 "Otter" by Richard Dagold 🥉 "Toxic" by Peyton Fitz #photocontest #bobcat #otter #panamaniangoldenfrog #endangeredspecies #zoo #marylandzoo

🐢 Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢 Chew on this fun fact... All tortoises (like this leopard tortoise here) are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises. #tortoise #worldturtleday #turtle #leopardtortoise #zoo #marylandzoo

Fun fact! Trumpeter swan cygnets all typically hatch within 24 hours of the first egg pipping. We now have two cygnets down at the Farmyard pond! Visit the link in our bio to watch the swan nest live cam. #swan #trumpeterswan #farmyard #zoo #marylandzoo #conservation

Nora the river otter was in for a surprise when sand castles popped up in her habitat! 🏰 #otter #sandcastle #riverotter #marylandzoo

EGG-CITING NEWS: One of the two viable eggs in the trumpeter swan nest has hatched and an adorable fluffy cygnet can be seen! Visit the link in our bio to watch the swan nest live cam now to catch a glimpse of the newly hatched cygnet. #cygnet #trumpeterswan #swan #zoo #conservation #marylandzoo #nest #justhatched

Today is Endangered Species Day, created to spread awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species and the necessary actions needed to protect them. In March, Penguin Coast keeper Julia and Zoo veterinarian Andrea traveled to South Africa to lend their skills to our long-time African penguin conservation partner, SANCCOB saves seabirds. African Penguins are an endangered species and unfortunately, their population continues to decline due to overfishing and climate change. We are thankful that were were able to help provide great care and support to these birds with the goal of SANCCOB releasing them back into the wild. When you visit and support the Zoo, you make conservation projects like this possible! #africanpenguin #endangered #endangeredspeciesday #endangeredspecies #sanccob #southafrica #conservation #savingspecies #allforanimals #zoo #marylandzoo #fieldwork #inthefield #penguin

Come with us as we visit the trumpeter swan nest to check on their eggs! The animal care team uses a technique called 'candling' to keep an eye on the growing cygnets. Visit the link in our bio to watch the swan nest live cam! #swan #nest #marylandzoo

An exciting new headstart program! We have joined the @pagamecomm and other members of the Allegheny Woodrat Working Group to help rebuild struggling populations of woodrats. Through the program, we will form a small founding colony to breed future generations for release. Visit the link in our bio to read more! #woodrat #conservation #headstart #marylandzoo

Happy Mother's Day from our family to yours! 💕 #mothersday #prairiedog #zoo #marylandzoo #babyanimals #prairiedogpups

Three cheers for tortoises. Dozer and the others are back on exhibit for the season. Know one of the differences between tortoises and turtles? Tortoises live on land and turtles live in water. 🐢 #tortoise #turtle #zoo #marylandzoo

Waddle happen next at Penguin Coast?

WaddleHappenNext #PenguinCoast #MarylandZoo.

Summer days are for the birds.

It's Amur leopard Sofiya's sweet 16! Let's make this day as fierce and fabulous as she is. 🎉 #leopard #amurleopard #zoo #marylandzoo #birthdaygirl #sweet16

Just Brie the river otter being cute. That’s it. That’s the reel. #otter #brie #marylandzoo

Happy 1st birthday, Nora! Although her exact birthdate remains a mystery, we celebrated the rescued river otter pup's ...

NEW LIVE CAM: We think you will find the trumpeter swan nest cam very *egg-citing.* Visit the link in our bio to watch now! 🦢 #trumpeterswan #swan #birdnest #nesting #farmyard #zoo #marylandzoo

Introducing 'The Great Migration,' a brand new Wildlife Quest VR film that will take you on an incredible journey through Africa’s savanna terrain! Witness how millions of free-roaming animals make their way through the peaks and perils of migration. Visit the link in our bio to view the full trailer and learn more about our Wildlife Quest virtual reality ride! 🐘 #virtualreality #wildlifequest #thegreatmigration #immotion #zoo #marylandzoo #simulation #migration #africa #vr

Who’s ready to say “see ya later, alligator” to this rain? 🙋‍♂️ We’re counting down the moments until Yang, our sun-loving Chinese alligator, can bask in its warmth again. ☀️ #alligator #animalambassador #marylandzoo

Brew at the Zoo presented by M&T Bank is just 3 weeks away! Join us Memorial Day weekend, May 25 & 26, to sip in support of the animals. You won't want to miss our favorite event of the year! Visit the link in our bio for tickets. 🍺 #brew #brewatthezoo #animals #fundraiser #allforanimals #nonprofit #zoo #marylandzoo #baltimore #beerfestival #festival #untappd #craftbeer #beer #memorialdayweekend

Penguin chick headcount! African penguin juveniles Duckpin, Crab Cake, and Peabody joined the main colony this week. Don't miss the chance to spot all five youngsters during your next visit to Penguin Coast. #penguin #endangeredspecies #marylandzoo

Nesting news flash! The ground hornbills have been busy this spring. Caught on our hidden cam, 9-month-old Everest is diving headfirst into family duties, helping build a cozy nest with his parents. It’s incredible to see him learning and growing in preparation for his future! #hornbill #groundhornbill #nest #birdnest #zoo #marylandzoo

Dive into the magical metamorphosis of the Panamanian golden frog (PGF)! We are home to the largest population of PGFs outside of Panama and continue to lead in the successful breeding and management of this critically endangered species. It's a week-long journey from tiny eggs to lively tadpoles, and another two months for morphlets to appear. A few weeks later, tiny dark-colored frogs emerge before developing their distinct, and unique, adult patterns. Their transformation is not just remarkable, but vital for their species' continued survival! #laranadorada #pgf #conservation #endangered #endangeredspecies #panamaniangoldenfrog #zoo #marylandzoo

Pop go the pups! One more adorable reason to visit the Zoo—this year's prairie dog pups have started venturing out of their underground nurseries. #prairiedogs #prairiedog #babyanimals #pups #zoo #marylandzoo #newatthezoo #cuteanimals #baby #pup #prairiedogpups