Maryland Zoo welcomes pelicans to penguin exhibit

The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland Zoo welcomed three new pink-backed pelicans as an addition to its Penguin Coast exhibit.

The Maryland Zoo welcomed three new pink-backed pelicans Thursday as an addition to its Penguin Coast exhibit.

Plato, Penelope and Pandora will live alongside the Zoo's 66 African penguins and four white-breasted cormorants. The eight-month-old pelicans were hatched at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida and will be the zoo's first pelicans in over 10 years, said Jane Ballentine, public relations director for the zoo.

Pink-backed pelicans are native to Southwest Arabia and Central and South Africa. Adult birds have white, grey and pink feathers.

Ballentine said the Zoo was looking for an animal that lives alongside cormorants in the wild and decided on pelicans, whose bright color will attract attention.

"They certainly will make a colorful addition to our black and white birds," she said.

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