We’re grateful for the insightful panel discussion that took place at the Zoo yesterday, where local colleagues and Zoo staff emphasized the vital role of diversity in our field. As we celebrate Black History Month, let's continue to foster inclusivity and honor the invaluable contributions of Black professionals in the zoo and aquarium community. Thank you to Dr. Anthony Jenkins, president at Coppin State University, who led the conversation and to our panelists, current animal care and conservation professionals, who discussed their journeys, experiences, and challenges in this field: 🐾 Chénira Smith, Outreach Coordinator at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology 🐾 Curtis Bennett, Director of Equity and Community Engagement at the National Aquarium 🐾 Hassan Bayyan, Animal Area Manager at the Maryland Zoo 🐾 Sandra McAllister, Senior Director of DEAI & Visitor Services Strategies at the Maryland Zoo 🐾 Craig Saffoe, Curator of Large Carnivores at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute 🐾 Tanya White, Animal Operations Specialist at the Maryland Zoo #blackhistorymonth #zoo #marylandzoo #aquarium #blackexcellence #baltimore #appreciationpost

OTTER PUPDATE: Time sure flies when you're having fun with your favorite companion, Hudson! At around 10 months old, female river otter Nora is quite the daredevil, seeking out the highest spots to perch and play. Behind the scenes, her care team often spots her lounging in a hammock near the top of her indoor space. Nora is extremely intelligent, too. In just a few months she has already mastered taking voluntary injections and participating in her own healthcare. Let's not forget her favorite, and skillful, past time—bug catching! #otter #riverotter #nora #zoo #marylandzoo #otterpup #cuteanimals #noratheexplorer

Forging connections with wildlife, one guest at a time ✨🐧 #penguin #africanpenguin #wildlife #zoo #marylandzoo #baltimore #maryland #conservation #endangered #savingspecies #endangeredspecies #allforanimals

Endangered African penguin chicks Chessie and Ripken are learning to swim! Before juveniles enter the main colony, they have swim practice in the penguin nursery to get their sea legs, err, wings. #penguin #africanpenguin #swimlessons #zoo #marylandzoo #endangered #endangeredspecies

Learn about the incredible journey of seven Egyptian tortoises in our latest Zoogram article. Coveted by the pet trade, these tortoises found their way to us—and now they're serving as ambassadors for their critically endangered species! Visit the link in our bio to read the full story. 🐢 #zoogram #tortoise #egyptiantortoise #zoo #illegalpettrade #pettrade #marylandzoo #ambassador #animalambassador #criticallyendangered #endangered #endangeredspecies #savingspecies #conservation

If you tell someone you're wild about them with wildlife, does it mean twice as much? No guarantees, but it's worth a try, right? Share a Valentine! 💕 #valentinesday #valentine #animals #animalvalentine #zoo #marylandzoo #giraffe #otter #riverotter #crocodile #flamingo #valentines

Happy 6th birthday to Millie, the 1000th African penguin to hatch here at the Zoo! 🐧🎉 Millie made history when her hatching marked the first time that any zoo or aquarium in North America hatched 1,000 endangered African penguin chicks. We're still adding to that total, with five new additions to our colony this breeding season. #africanpenguin #penguin #conservation #savingspecies #birthdaygirl #birthday #zoo #marylandzoo #penguincoast #allforanimals #endangered #endangeredspecies

IN THE FIELD: Hospital keeper Katie recently journeyed to EVACC Foundation in Panama to lend a helping hand to our conservation partners in caring for critically endangered Panamanian golden frogs! Her background at the Zoo’s hospital equipped her with the adaptability needed to seamlessly navigate a new environment, ensuring that these critically endangered creatures received the utmost care while EVACC staff were freed up for crucial planning sessions. From scrubbing tanks to warmly welcoming tourists, Katie's versatility shone bright! #fieldwork #evacc #panama #panamaniangoldenfrogs #endangered #endangeredspecies #allforanimals #conservation #zoo #marylandzoo #inthefield

When someone pronounces it Super Bowl Sunday instead of Superb Owl Sunday. 🤨🦉 #superbowl #screechowl #owl #football #superbowlsunday #zoo #animalambassador #marylandzoo #cuteanimals

Does your teenager have a passion for animals? Have them apply to be a Zoo Teen volunteer! The 2024 application is now open to 14-17 year-olds with an interest in wildlife, conservation & leadership. Visit the link in our bio for applications! 🐾 #volunteer #teen #teenager #zoo #zooteen #marylandzoo #baltimore #applynow

Two miniature donkeys, two teams vying to win Sunday’s big game. Harry and Lloyd have made their Super Bowl LVIII predictions! #superbowl #superbowlprediction #superbowllviii #donkey #zoo #marylandzoo #football

Waddle you know—three more endangered African penguins have hatched, bringing our current breeding season total to five adorable chicks! 🐧 #africanpenguin #penguin #endangered #endangeredspecies #conservation #savingspecies #penguinchick #allforanimals #cuteanimals #babyanimals #zoo #marylandzoo #penguincoast

Woo your animal-loving sweetheart with a special Love Birds Adoption this Valentine's Day. Each package includes a penguin plush and two tickets to the Zoo for you and your mate! Visit the link in our bio to adopt the love birds. 💕 #lovebirds #adopt #adoption #animaladoption #zoo #marylandzoo #penguin #africanpenguin #allforanimals #valentine #valentinesday #valentinegift

There a new girl on the block—the African Journey boardwalk that is! Come visit our newest resident Dill [Prickles], a one-year-old Cape porcupine who just arrived from @chattanoogazoo. She’s super spunky and has been keeping her new companion Kayin on his toes! 😍 #porcupine #capeporcupine #dill #zoo #marylandzoo #newatthezoo #cuteanimals #porcupinesofinstagram

No sign of a prairie dog shadow this morning! Here's to hoping for an early spring. 🤞 #prairiedog #groundhogday #spring #zoo #marylandzoo

NEW! This spring break, March 25-29, we're offering a fun-filled and educational Zoo Camp for children in grades 2-5. Campers experience a unique, week-long day camp that allows them to explore the world of animals here at the Zoo! Visit the link in our bio to register now. 🐧 #zoocamp #camp #springbreak #zoo #marylandzoo #springcamp #baltimore #penguin #africanpenguin #elementaryschool

Super Bowl LVIII is almost here and even though we wish our home team was playing, you can still join our ZOOper Bowl pool fundraiser for a chance to win some wild prizes! Plus, all donations directly support care for the animals you know and love. Visit the link in our bio to secure your block! 🏈 #football #superbowl #superbowllviii #donkey #zoo #zooperbowl #fundraiser #allforanimals #conservation #donate #donation #marylandzoo

Listen up, all you silly rabbits! Breakfast with Bunny just went on sale and this special meal sells out every year. If you plan on attending, hop on over to the link in our bio to get your tickets now! 🐰 #bunny #breakfastwithbunny #easter #breakfast #zoo #easterbunny #marylandzoo

It's fitting that chimp mom Raven and daughter Violet claimed the @ravens scarf as their own! Now that's team spirit. 💜🖤 Let's go Ravens! 🏈 #ravensflock #ravensnation #baltimoreravens #ravens #football #afcchampionship #baltimore #zoo #marylandzoo #chimpanzee #chimp #endangeredspecies #endangered #enrichment

If you'd like to drink in this weekend's warm temperatures...Brew at the Zoo presented by M&T Bank is now on sale! Enjoy unlimited brew sampling, live music, local vendors, and, of course, all-day admission to the Zoo. Visit the link in our bio to get tickets now! 🍺 #brewatthezoo #onsale #zoo #fundraiser #allforanimals #brew #beerfestival #baltimore #marylandzoo #nonprofit #support #festival #beer #beerlovers

🏈 Excitement is soaring here at the Zoo as Baltimore @ravens mascots Rise & Conquer gear up for the AFC Championship Game this weekend (and stare down the Chiefs). Let’s create a feathered frenzy of good vibes for our team! 💜🖤 #purplefriday #ravensflock #baltimoreravens #ravens #afcchampionship #sundayfootball #football #zoo #marylandzoo

We have our first winners of 2024! These stunning pics received the most votes in this month's photo contest. Congratulations to the featured photographers. 🥇 "Sneering Zuri featuring Hassan" by Claudia Romeo 🥈 "Happy Snoozer" by Cheryl Miller 🥉 "Frog and Vine" by Paul Thiessen Enter your wildest snap in the February contest at the link in our bio! 📷 #photocontest #photography #zoo #marylandzoo #lioness #bobcat #lion #pgf #goldenfrog

Warmer temps have allowed our chimp troop a rare chance to frolic in their snow-covered wonderland! 🌞❄️ They navigated their winter surprise with wide-eyed curiosity and a taste here and there. 🐵✨ #chimp #chimpanzee #snow #chimptroop #zoo #marylandzoo #winterwonderland #winter

🏈 Ahead of the AFC Championship Game this Sunday, adopt Rise & Conquer, the official mascots of the Baltimore Ravens! You will have the pride of being both a true Ravens fan and an avid animal supporter. Visit the link in our bio to adopt! 💜🖤 #RavensFlock #baltimoreravens #ravensnation #football #afcchampionship #sundayfootball #sunday #baltimore #maryland #nfl #marylandzoo #raven