Kids stand on a scale that compares their weight with that of a panda at the “Wildlife Rescue” exhibit at the Maryland Science Center. (Maryland Science Center)

How do you raise an abandoned California condor? With a puppet.


Visit the Maryland Science Center’s “Wildlife Rescue” exhibit, and you can learn how rescuers play Mom to save animals from death or species from extinction.

In one area, museumgoers can race against the clock to drop pellets into the mouth of a pretend baby condor. The trick is that you must grab and drop the pellets while your hand is inside a puppet that looks like a mama condor. Not so easy!

Other activities in this hands-on exhibit include turtle shell repair, quizzes on elephant behavior and a scale to compare your weight with that of a panda.

The Schoenberger family from Fairfax visited the museum on a recent Sunday. Rayna, 11, and sister Sarah, 9, liked the exhibit.

“It teaches you science without you knowing it,” Rayna said.

What: “Wildlife Rescue”

Where: Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore

When: Until September 2. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended hours begin June 24.

How much: $16.95 adults; $13.95 ages 3 to 12; 2 and younger free.

For more information: Your parents can call 410-685-2370 or visit