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Category: Conservation News

Meet Dr. Kimberly Terrell: 5 questions with our new Director of Research and Conservation

Cue the trumpets! The Memphis Zoo is excited to welcome Dr. Kimberly Terrell as our new Director of Research and Conservation! She will be in charge of fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of advancing research, conservation and education for threatened wildlife and wild places. Talk about a fun job!    Before coming to the Bluff City in September, Dr. Terrell was a research associate for the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. She spent her time studying... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, October 15, 2015

Memphis Zoo Receives Two Institute for Museum and Library Service Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Memphis Zoo two grants totaling $627,160. The first grant, issued under the Museums for America Program, will assist the Memphis Zoo in making environmental and collection improvements to the Herpetarium Building. This grant totaled $146,745. The second grant, under the National Leadership Program, will help establish the country’s first National Amphibian Genome Bank (NAGB) and totaled $480,415. “These awards will help... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Translocation success and topophilia

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  Four days after the scheduled departure and a different (smaller) boat altogether, a (smaller) MAC crew along with the CNMI biologists and the captain left Tinian for the tiny volcanic island of Guguan with nearly 100 birds in tow. Because of the late departure and the change of vessel, not all of us were able to go – five brave souls took to the waves in unchartered fluid territory for the MAC Program. In the past, the CNMI government has... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, July 12, 2015


By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  The boat that will carry these seedling sub-populations of monarchs and white-eyes to the sanctuary island of Guguan has been delayed. In many ways we are just in a situation of “island time”, which in other circumstances could be a quaint if only slightly irritating reminder to slow down our first world pulses. However, while all birds’ weights and temperaments are checked daily through non-invasive observation (the birds can be weighed without... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, July 3, 2015

In the trenches

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper   Netting the birds is complete! With a target number of 50 birds each, we ended with 47 Tinian monarchs and 51 bridled white-eyes. The monarchs posed a challenge… They live deep in the forest and required over 45 net sites to reach our goal, practically a net apiece. The white-eyes, on the other hand, loved to fly out across the WWII runway cross-roads we use as access to the habitat and needed only a few high nets and a little patience. After birds were... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 22, 2015

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