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Endangered Sumatran Orangutan born at the Memphis Zoo

A highly endangered baby Sumatran orangutan was born via Cesarean section at the Memphis Zoo March 19, 2016. The baby, a male, is doing well, and is being reared by his mother, “Jahe” (Jah-hay). To celebrate the excitement of the new addition, the Zoo is hosting a naming contest that kicks off April 14 at noon and runs through April 21 at noon via the Zoo’s website. C-sections on orangutans are rare, with only 18 of the 2,224 births in the International Orangutan Studbook being performed in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tamandua Born at the Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a Southern tamandua. The baby, whose sex is still unknown, was born February 12 to first-time parents “Mary Ann” and “Mr. Wendell.”    “We love tamanduas, and they are so interesting to watch,” said Dr. Steve Reichling, curator of the Animals of the Night exhibit. “This little one insures we’ll continue presenting these incredible animals to our visitors for years to come.”    Mother and baby are doing well, and are... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, April 1, 2016

Fishing Cat Kittens Born at the Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce the birth of two fishing cat kittens. The kittens, both males, were born December 14, 2015 to first-time parents “Jonas” and “Wasabi.”    The kittens are named “Bob Parker” and “Rodrick.” They are currently not on exhibit. Jonas, the mother, was born in 2012. The father, Wasabi, was born in 2013 at the National Zoo.    “This birth is significant within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as there are only 60 fishing cats... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 7, 2016

Memphis Zoo Mourns the Loss of Debbie the Siamang

The Memphis Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Debbie,” the oldest of the Zoo’s siamangs. Debbie died Wednesday, January 13 at the age of 47 after her health began to dramatically decline earlier in the month. She was the oldest female siamang in North America.   As Zoo keepers and veterinarians began to notice her decline, she was put on Zoo hospice care to closely monitor her health and keep her as comfortable as possible. Out of the Zoo’s deep love for this animal,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, February 12, 2016

Trio of Penguin Chicks Hatched at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of three African penguin chicks.   The three chicks, who were hatched between October 17 and 21 to two different sets of penguin parents, are the first penguin chicks to be reared at the Zoo in two years.   The sexes of the chicks are not yet determined.    The chicks spent the first few weeks with their parents, but are now being hand-reared off exhibit by the Zoo’s penguin keepers.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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