The African exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore gives visitors a chance to glance at animals they wouldn't see in their backyard - giraffes are rarely seen traipsing down North Avenue - but also offers an opportunity to get to know them.
The Maryland Zoo has the largest colony of black-footed penguins in the North America. Daisy Mae, one of the zoo's two southern white rhinos, is about 40 years old. And Felix, an African elephant, is expecting a bundle of joy any day now.
According to a spokeswoman at the zoo, visitors will soon get a chance to interact with the animals, too. A feeding station for the reticulated giraffes is scheduled to open in late spring.
Other animals at the zoo include the ostrich, the gray crowned crane, the African leopard and the plains zebra.