The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomed a 3-month old female lion cub, named Zuri, sent from Zoo Miami in Florida to Baltimore. Arriving on late December 9, she was placed in 30-day quarantine to be hand-raised with the two orphaned lion cubs currently at The Maryland Zoo.
A Tragic Story
Zuri was one of three lion cubs recently born at Zoo Miami. Due to “maternal neglect” resulting in the death of a male cub, the surviving cubs were taken for hand-raising. After the second male cub died, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended that Zuri be placed with the, currently unnamed, orphan cubs at The Maryland Zoo.
As lions are inherently social animals, it was thought that being with other cubs would help Zuri in developing socialization skills. So in the spirit of mutual cooperation, The Maryland Zoo took on this unique challenge.
According to Ron Magill, the communications director at Zoo Miami, “The ultimate goal will be to properly socialize this cub so she can be successfully introduced into a pride as an adult.”
After arriving at The Maryland Zoo late Monday, Zuri joined her new littermates, and all are adjusting nicely. Remember, you can still name Maryland Zoo’s new cubs until Thursday, December 19 by clicking here.
What You Need to Know
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is located in Druid Hill Park near the downtown area (click here for directions). It is opened Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March through December. In January and February, winter hours are Friday through Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Parking is free.
The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check the Zoo website homepage for weather closings.
Admission is $17.50 for adults (12-64), $14.50 for seniors (64+), and $12.50 children (2-11). Children 2 and under are admitted free.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217