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How to Train Your Hippo: 101

As we’re sure you can imagine, moving a hippo into a new exhibit is not an easy task. But, moving TWO hippos into a new exhibit takes twice the effort. To transfer our beloved "Binti" and "Splish" into their new humble abode at the Zambezi River Hippo Camp (opening this spring), keepers Dena and Mandino will put each hippo in a 15’ x 5’ wooden crate that will then be lifted by a crane and carefully placed inside their new habitat.    Crate training may seem unusual to the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, February 26, 2016

Steps to Churchill… Steps to Change

By Carla Cook, Director of Education Editor's Note: This originally appeared in The Key .  On February 25, 2014 I received an email that would forever change my life.  “Congratulations and welcome!  We are very glad to have you join our effort to save polar bears.”  This was actually happening! Polar Bears International had accepted me as a member of the 2014 Climate Alliance which meant I would be representing the Memphis Zoo and traveling to Churchill, Manitoba,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Churchill, Day 3

Imagine you are a caribou grazing on the open tundra. It's a chilly, windy day with slight snow flurries and then you spot them. A large herd appears from the horizon, but this isn't one of the herds that you have spotted before. It's larger - 23 in all, and their coats are - wait a minute - is that blue?  This happened today when we spotted a small herd of caribou from our Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy. We are fortunate to have Heather MacLeod from Parks Canada on board as... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, October 9, 2015

Churchill, Day 2

Carla, Director of Education, on right My role in the PBI 2015 Climate Alliance is to assist the fourteen zookeeper alliance members as they communicate details of their experience back to their institutions. While they have been diligently working on their action plans to reduce their communities' carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas and working on the scripts for the keeper chats that they are filming from the field this week, I... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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