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If you go to the zoo

July 23, 1999

* Directions

Take Interstate 70 east to Frederick. Exit onto U.S. 15 north, then drive about 12 miles to the zoo. Look for the signs on the right.

* Attractions

More than 300 animals from all over the world, including some threatened and endangered species. Visitors may pet and feed some animals. Programs start at 10 a.m., that allow visitors to get close to the animals or watch the zoo keepers in action. There are also camel rides, a gift shop, a picnic area and a cafe.

* Costs

Admission is $9.95 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6.75 for children ages 2 to 12. Kids under 2 are admitted free.

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Bags of zoo food for a variety of animals are $2 each.

A annual membership, with free admission for a year, is $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $9 for children 2 to 12.

* Hours

May through September: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

April and October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

March and November: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, weather permitting.

December through February: Closed.

* Tips

It takes about three hours to see the entire zoo. Be sure to check out some of the scheduled programs. If you think you'll visit twice in a year, it's a good idea to get a membership. And remember, most of the exhibits are outside, so bring some sunscreen.

* For information

Call 301-271-3180 or check out the Web site at http://www.cwpzoo.com.

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