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Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Participates in Ribbon Cutting for New African Journey Exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the new African Journey Exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Lt Governor Rutherford was joined by Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Maryland Zoo CEO Don Hutchinson, and other zoo officials.

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“On behalf of Governor Hogan and our administration,  I am very pleased to be here to participate in the official opening of the three newly renovated African Journey habitats,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “These habitats, which provide new space that benefits not only the animals, but also Zoo staff and guests, is the largest renovation project that The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has done in its history here in Druid Hill Park.”

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The new exhibit is nearly five years in the making and is the largest in the Zoo’s 143-year history. It will increase the habitats for African elephants, lions, and a giraffe. The Maryland Zoo worked closely with the Department of Budget and Management’s Office of Capital Budgeting and the Department of General Services to be able to create a place that will continue its dual purposes of conservation and education.

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