Meet the Animals

Baltimore is full of fishy, furry, scaly and slimy friends — both living and man-made — that live at attractions and museums all over the city. While you’re here, take the time to learn about these residents and then visit them at their homes — they love to make friends!

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National Aquarium
SPECIES: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
FUN FACT: Calypso only has three flippers! She was found stranded on Long Island Sound in 2000 and had her right flipper amputated because of an infection. Today, Calypso is thriving in the Blacktip Reef exhibit.

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American Visionary Art Museum
SPECIES: Pink Poodle – Kinetic Sculpture Race Vehicle
FUN FACT: Fifi is 17 human years old, 15 feet tall and 1,500 pounds of pink ballerina tulle. Created and piloted by our Kinetic Sculpture Race’s own Mother Theresa, she’s a crowd favorite at the museum in her oversized doghouse.

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Peacock Bird and Steel Phoenix

American Visionary Art Museum
SPECIES: Birds – Metal Sculptures
FUN FACT: Wisconsin visionary artist Dr. Evermor (born Tom Every) created the fantastic environment Forevetron and a collection of birds from scrap metal, musical instruments, loudspeakers and even a canon, including the Peacock Bird and Steel Phoenix, which stands 40 feet tall.

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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
SPECIES: Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
FUN FACT: Polar bears are excellent swimmers — the Latin name for polar bear, Ursus maritimus, means “sea bear.”

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Dawn and Hope

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
SPECIES: African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus)
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US IN THE ZOO: Penguin Coast/Penguin Encounters
FUN FACT: Dawn and Hope were two of the first penguins born at Penguin Coast, home of one of North America’s largest breeding colonies of African penguins. They are part of the Animal Ambassador program and spend time visiting schools and senior centers on the “ZOOmobile.”

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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
SPECIES: Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis reticulata)
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME IN THE ZOO: African Journey section, Giraffe House and yard
FUN FACT: Giraffes curl their long, black tongues around leaves or new shoots in the upper branches of trees and pull them into their mouths.

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Maryland Science Center
SPECIES: Short Tailed Opossum (Monodelphis)
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME IN THE SCIENCE CENTER: Join the staff in the Kids Room for a visit from one of the Science Center’s resident creatures. Learn about how they move, eat and adapt to thrive in their diverse environments.
FUN FACT: Unlike other species of opossum/ possum species, Lucy does not have a pouch on her stomach.

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Giant Southern Lizard

Maryland Science Center
SPECIES: Giganotosaurus
FUN FACT: Comparable in size to the T-Rex, it is also known as the “Giant Southern Lizard” because it roamed where Argentina is now.

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Maryland Historical Society
SPECIES: American mastodon
FUN FACT: Standing 10-feet-tall by 18-feet- long, a replica American mastodon (Mammut americanum) fills one entire section of the museum’s Four Centuries of Maryland History gallery.