BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo welcomes 2021 with some wild new experiences for animal lovers.

Two new “meet and greet” experiences will provide fun interactions with goats and penguins, while the third will take the visitor on a guided experience on the island at Penguin Coast, which will include a live demonstration of how animal care team members and the penguins interact on a daily basis.

Goat Trek

Have you ever wanted to walk a goat? Watch as the animal care team harnesses the goats and then join them on a trek through the back paths of the Farmyard. The Goat Trek will be offered on at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday year round (closed July and August) and is a 15-20 minute experience for up to 6 people.

Penguin Fish Toss

Step onto the Penguin Coast Bridge with animal care team members for the midday penguin feeding, and enjoy the opportunity to toss fish to the penguins as they swim around and under you in the pool. The Penguin Fish Toss occurs daily at noon year round and is a 15-20 minute experience for up to 6 people.

Penguin Training

Experience how animal care team members and the penguins interact on a daily basis. Learn about penguins on this guided tour with a zoo educator and then sit with the animal care team during the afternoon penguin feeding session. The experience is offered daily at 3:15 p.m. year-round and is a 30-40 minute experience for up to two people (children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Tickets for these experiences range from $15 to $39 and do not include general Zoo admission.

Zoo admission tickets are required for each Zoo Experience attendee and must be purchased separately for non-Zoo members. If you are not a Zoo member, you must purchase admission tickets in advance. If you are a Zoo Member, you must make a separate online reservation for your visit.

Masks are required and closed-toe shoes are highly recommended for each experience. Learn more about zoo experiences and purchase tickets at www.marylandzoo.org/experiences.

Until Sunday, Feb. 28, admission will be $15 per person, with children under two and Zoo members still free. Timed tickets must be purchased or reserved online in advance as the number of guests is limited to support optimal social distancing throughout the Zoo visit. Per Baltimore City mandate, masks are required at all times during the Zoo visit for everyone age 2 and up.

Zoo hours remain 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. four days a week — Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Zoo will resume 7-day-a-week operations and regular ticket pricing on Monday, March 1.

Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits.

Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.

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