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Bear in mind

Bear in mind the differences between grizzlies and black bears With all the hype surrounding the Memphis Grizzlies – Mike Conley’s $153 million contract, Chandler Parsons’ agreement to join the team and the hiring of a new head coach, David Fizdale – bears all around Memphis have been feeling the love (including ours!). Before taking your family and friends to check out our grizzly bears or black bears, it’s important to know the difference between the two.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, July 6, 2016

5 animals you didn’t know are endangered

  Here at the Memphis Zoo, we love all animals - especially those that are endangered. Being able to help these fragile species grow, reproduce and thrive is something our keepers take pride in. It’s not an easy task, but it is one they set to accomplish each and every day. Sure, everyone knows the giant panda and ivory-billed woodpecker are endangered, but our experts wanted to spread the word about five animals you might not know are at risk that call the Memphis Zoo home. ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 20, 2016

Sumatran Orangutan Baby Has a Name!

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Let us introduce you to our new baby orangutan – “Rowan.”    Rowan was the winning name after a week-long naming contest. The name, which means “little red head,” was one of five names participants could vote on. Over 2000 entries were collected.   Baby Rowan and mother “Jahe” are currently not on exhibit. Stay tuned to the Memphis Zoo’s website (memphiszoo.org/orangutan) and Facebook page (facebook.com/memphiszoo) for updates. ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, April 22, 2016

Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue

-- Richard W. Smith The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens. In reality, the Memphis Zoological Society (MZS) is a non-profit which manages a city owned asset,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

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