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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

Herpetarium Closed for Upgrades

Beginning December 1, the Herpetarium will be closed for upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we’re excited to update the homes for our reptiles and amphibians. The Herpetarium will reopen Spring 2016. Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, November 20, 2015

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

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