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Zooming To Catch Up With Marigold, The Baby Blue Duiker

Remember blue duiker calf, Marigold, born July 24th at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore?

We thought it was as good a time as any to catch up with her and report how she’d been doing over the last couple of months.

At about four-weeks-old, she was being given regular access to the outdoor yard of the Antelope Barn. She has been very curious, constantly investigating her new surroundings in the behind-the-scenes area under the close watch of mom.

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Maryland Zoo Announces Birth Of Two Sitatunga Calves

This antelope species is native to central Africa; calves are first for the Zoo’s new adult male

September 14, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomed the birth of two new sitatunga calves this past weekend.  

A female calf was born Friday afternoon to the adult female, Mousse, and weighed 3.65 kilograms. The second female calf was born Sunday afternoon to Peggy and weighed 3.25 kilograms. These are the first sired by the Zoo’s adult male, Beau, who was specially selected to be a part of its sitatunga breeding program. 

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The Maryland Zoo Announces Birth Of Female Blue Duiker Calf, Marigold

August 9, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is pleased to announce the birth of a female blue duiker (DIKE-er) named Marigold. She was born on July 24th to Flower (female) and Kuruka (male). 

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The birth was a result of a breeding recommendation from the Blue Duiker Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP provides breeding recommendations to maximize genetic diversity, with the goal of ensuring health of the individual animal, as well as the long-term survival of the species population to help save animals from extinction.

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The Maryland Zoo Announces Hatching Of Two Von Der Decken’s Hornbill Chicks

August 2, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is pleased to announce that two Von der Decken’s Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) chicks hatched in its African Aviary on July 4th and 7th. 

The two-week old chicks won’t be visible for several weeks. That’s because, before they lay their eggs, the male and female Von der Decken’s mud up the entrance to the nest with the female inside, leaving only a small opening through which the male brings food for the female and, once they hatch, her chicks. When the chicks are large enough, the female will break herself out of the nest and both parents mud the entrance to re-seal it so that the female can join the male in bringing food to the chicks.  

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MAISIE MILESTONE!

Grooming is very important in chimpanzee life. Chimps learn how to groom at an early age, and use it as a way to form and maintain social bonds with one another.

When Maisie was being hand-raised by Maryland Zoo’s care team (Maisie Playlist linked below), they made it a priority to ‘groom’ her so she could learn and get used to the behavior. Now, Maisie is seen regularly grooming and getting groomed within the troop!

More On Maisie!: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFSD8pCtwrSX260FPT6oJ0bXlE1QFAMlR


MAISIE MILESTONE!

This time last year, baby chimpanzee Maisie was getting ready to be introduced to Maryland Zoo’s troop for the very first time. After being hand-raised since she arrived, this was a delicate process that took a lot of thought and strategy from the chimp care team.

One year later, Maryland Zoo couldn’t be happier with how much Maisie has grown, both in confidence and in relationships with her troopmates. She’s being community-raised by the adults and continues to be as close as ever with fellow infants Lola and Violet. We can’t wait to continue watching her progress.