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Baby Slender Loris Born at Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a baby slender loris. "Vyvy," a six-year old female, gave birth to the baby, whose sex is undetermined, on August 8 and is exhibiting a strong maternal bond with her offspring.  Vyvy and her baby are housed in the Animals of the Night exhibit.  Photo courtesy AJ Saunders The slender loris is a small, slender primate with large forward facing eyes and long, thin limbs.  The animals, which weigh less than a pound, are... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Memphis Zoo Celebrates Hatching of Flamingo Chicks

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of two Chilean flamingo chicks.  The chicks, whose sex has not been determined, hatched on August 7 and August 20.   They are the first chicks to be reared at the Memphis Zoo since 2008. Visitors will be able to see the chicks and the entire flock in the Round Barn.    Photo: Memphis Zoo/Sara Taylor The eggs were artificially incubated in the Zoo hatchery and returned to their parents when the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, August 31, 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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