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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

Today is National Panda Day!

National Panda Day is a day to celebrate, especially here at the Memphis Zoo where you can see two giant pandas up close and personal – Ya Ya and Le Le. With only four zoos in America being home to the species (San Diego Zoo, Zoo Atlanta and Smithsonian’s National Zoo), we are so proud to have Ya Ya and Le Le as a part of our family!  Have you ever ordered a package online and thought the five to seven day arrival time was a bit excessive? Well, what about a four-year arrival time?... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, March 16, 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

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

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