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    I took my 18 month old to the zoo and we both loved it very much. They’ve got a rich exhibition and some exotic animals that I’ve never seen at any other zoo. This zoo is not as big as the Smithsonian one but has a much better selection. If you are a big panda fan, go to Smithsonian, otherwise the zoo in Baltimore is more enjoyable.Ticket costs $17 but I think its worth it. An annual pass is $65 or so and it’s such a great value. Will purchase one come back often.

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    Went for the first day of the new penguin exhibit. Very nice exhibit, 12 million well spent. You can tell they’re desperately trying to upgrade as they get funding. I haven’t been here in 6 years because it had gone down hill All the snack places are new and reasonably priced for attraction purposes. $2.50 for a bottled water is to be expected. Having a 9 month old, the amount of shaded areas they had were great. The train ride and carousel were nice. Again, the price wasn’t outrageous for these either. 4/5 stars because they still have some updates to do. They obviously need a bigger lions exhibit, as they have 3 adults and 3 Cubs and cannot have them out all at one time due to limited space. The giraffes and the elephants have a smaller enclosure as well. Hopefully they can change that sooner than later.

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    Highly recommended for corporate events!!!We recently had our annual retreat at the Mansion House and we had a great experience. The price of an all-day rental, compared to other venues, was quite affordable. We had 120+ attendees, and two interactive workshops. The layout of the Mansion House made our large crowd feel comfortable. Sienna and Jane from the zoo made sure our day went off without a hitch and they were more than accommodating.During lunch we had animal ambassadors come visit and they were the hit of the day! Tails the penguin had his photo taken with almost every attendee. The animal handlers were very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals.Our day concluded with a scavenger hunt around the African Journey portion of the zoo. The only suggestion I would make would be for the zoo to update the scavenger hunt for adults, since eight of our 14 teams got perfect scores.

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    I visited yesterday. Half the exhibits were closed and there was tons of construction, but that didn’t really bother me. The one sight that ruined the whole visit for me was the male elephant. I believe his name is Tuffy. He stood in one location swaying his head side to side endlessly, his trunk dragging on the ground. His small enclosure was separate from the other elephants. He had defecated multiple times in the spot he was standing, as he had been standing there for quite a while. I asked a staff member by the penguin exhibit why this elephant was behaving this way, she dismissed it as breeding behavior. But that is BS, this is the behavior of an intelligent animal deprived of space, stimulation, social interaction, etc. I have found other accounts of this happening to elephants in captivity, this swaying behavior is never seen in the wild (and certainly not associated with breeding). I have read complaints from as far back as 2011 of other visitors noticing this depressed, neurotic behavior in Tuffy. I posted on the Zoo’s FB page, inquiring what their plan is to help this poor elephant, but have received no response. They are ignoring me just like they are ignoring the elephant. Heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. I have no power to help this elephant, they do. But they don’t and won’t. Please do not support this institution.

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    Feeding the giraffe was awesome. Very kids friendly. My only complaint was the overall layout of the zoo. Things could be easily missed, and at one point you are forced to decide between the lions of the monkey house. We had to walk around an entire section of the zoo twice to see both.