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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

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

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

Baby Francois Langur Born

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a baby Francois langur.   The baby, a female, was born October 27 and has been named “Raven.”  She resides with her mother, “Tanah”, her father, “JayJay” and her half-sister, “Jean Grey.”  The langurs are on exhibit, when weather allows, in the China exhibit near the Zoo’s two giant pandas.    The Francois langur, an Asian-native monkey, was named after the French Consul in China who... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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