“Where’s Marty?” Our “Coolest Places To Take You In 2022” week continues today with a stop at the kitchen at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
Now, I would like to stop here and say a few words to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
And here’s why.
My first visit to the aquarium kitchen led to a visit to the zoo store.
Feeding fish and mammals in the National Aquarium is no easy task.
But a trip to the Maryland Zoo revealed that the challenges were even greater.
For example, some animals can catch COVID from food exposed to the virus.
Imagine processing it for over a year.
The point here is that we would never have considered going to the zoo if the aquarium hadn’t hosted us.
At a later date, we will revisit the Gems, Baltimore’s National Aquarium.
It costs about $50,000 a day to run the zoo, much of it for food.
I asked President and CEO Kirby Fowler if he noticed the “elephant in the room” (no pun intended) was a food problem when he got to work.
He said he hasn’t been working in the kitchen for a week just to take care of it.
About 1,500 animals are fed daily, but not all at once.
Some eat early, some late, and some eat more than twice a day.
And the nutrition in each serving has to be accurate.
When I went to the store to buy a bag of carrots, I was assured that it wasn’t this big, or that the carrots themselves were this big.
Overall, it’s interesting how the zoo is fed and if you watch the video, I don’t think you’ll ever see zoo animals the same way again.
Tomorrow our next destination is sometimes a lot of shards of glass.