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Extended hours and loss of rhino at the Maryland Zoo

Families can enjoy more time at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this summer as the hours will increase beginning May 6, 2016.

ZooPenguinCoast WThe Zoo will open to guests 30 minutes early — at 9:30 a.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Closing time remains 4 p.m., with the exception of the second Saturday of each month when the zoo will host “After Hours with the Animals.” On May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, the zoo will remain open until 7 p.m., and admission will be reduced to $10 per person after 4 p.m.

This year is the Maryland Zoo’s 140th Birthday and staff will be sharing some vintage photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visitors are also invited to share a photo or memory of their own on the Maryland Zoo website which may end up on the zoo social media streams.

Zoo rhinoceros dies

When visiting the zoo this spring, visitors may notice a big presence is missing. Daisy Mae, the zoo’s 48-year-old southern white rhinoceros, passed away earlier this month. Daisy was the oldest mammal at the zoo and one of the six oldest southern white rhinoceros in the US. The geriatric rhino was euthanized when age-related arthritis and kidney disease were effecting her quality of life.

“Daisy has been a fixture here at the zoo since the opening of the African Watering Hole in 1992, and she has been a favorite of visitors since day one,” said Don Hutchinson, president of the zoo. “We will miss her tremendously.”

The zoo’s male rhino, 21-year-old Stubby, will continue to reside at the African Watering Hole with the zebra and ostrich. The zoo is looking at the possibility of bringing in another female rhino as a companion for Stubby, according to Carey Ricciardone, mammal collection and conservation manager for the zoo.

For additional information on zoo hours, special events and the anniversary, visit www.marylandzoo.org

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