Come Monkey Around

Visiting the Memphis Zoo


Grounds close one hour after last admission.

March 1 - October 15 (Summer Hours)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 16 - February 29* (Winter Hours)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*The Zoo is closed during the day on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Zoo will re-open on Thanksgiving night and Christmas night at 5:30 p.m. for SunTrust Zoo Lights.

General Admission Prices

Current Prices

  • Adults (Ages 12-59): $15
  • Children (Ages 2-11): $10
  • Seniors (Age 60+): $14
  • Parking: $5

Price includes admission to all permanent exhibits (including giant pandas). Additional fees may apply for special exhibits. Click here to view a map of the Zoo. Want more information about Zoo amenities and guest services? Click here. 

Group Rates

Groups of 20 or more will receive a 20% discount on the price of general admission tickets. *Group rates cannot be paid individually. They must be paid with one transaction for the whole group. 

Military Personnel

Discounted general admission tickets are available by contacting the Millington Naval Base (901.874.5455), Little Rock Air Force Base (501.987.5105), the Fort Campbell Army Base (270.798.7436) and Columbus, Miss., Air Force Base (662.434.7861).


  • Persons ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
  • The Zoo does not allow balloons, glass containers, alcohol, weapons, bicycles, rollerblades, skates or the popular roller shoes, Heelys, on its property. Coolers and children's wagons are welcome.
  • Appropriate dress for a family-friendly institution is required. Attire not permitted includes, but is not limited to, visible underwear and clothing that promotes or displays profanity, violence, drugs or alcohol or criminal activity.
  • Profane language, fighting, or any acts of violence are strictly prohibited.
  • To protect the health and safety of our animals and visitors, the Memphis Zoo is a smoke-free facility.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the Zoo. Please make arrangements to board your animal before visiting. NOTE: Special accommodations will be made for certified service animals. Please call 901.333.6500 or e-mail for more information.

Free Tuesday Afternoon Guidelines

  • Photo ID with proof of age (17+) and TN residency are required for free admittance. TN Drivers license, current TN college or TN military photo ID will be accepted.
  • The Memphis Zoo allows free general admission to Tennessee residents with ID on Tuesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to close. NOTE: There is a $3 Conservation Fee to enter the CHINA exhibit where the Giant Pandas are located.
  • Persons ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
  • Adults age 21 and older may accompany up to five children ages 16 and under.
  • Free Tuesdays will not be held during the month of March.
  • Please note that parking fee ($5 per vehicle) still applies. 

Admission Capacity Information

The Memphis Zoo has a capacity of 10,000 people in the facility at one time. Please check this page on the day of your visit for announcements regarding capacity.

Worried about capacity when planning your trip? - The Zoo has reached capacity attendance levels only once during the last twelve months, and it was on our popular Free Tuesday program. The Zoo will forecast exceptionally busy days in this section to let you prepare in the event that we reach capacity.

Watch the Pandemonium Live

Guest Services and Zoo Amenities

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental


  • $12 per wheelchair
  • $28 per electric wheelchair

Enjoy your visit with a comfortable wheelchair or easily-operated electric cart- both with storage compartments. A form of I.D. is required.
Wheelchairs and electric carts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


  • Single $10
  • Double $12

Children will enjoy our colorful strollers, each with storage capacity, a canopy to block the sun, wheel locks, and easy maneuverability.
Strollers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Zoo Concessions

Have an appetite as big as a tiger? Come to the Cat House Café at the end of the Nile River to feast on great food. And, while you stroll through the Zoo, don’t miss the many concession stands serving food, drinks and snacks. Concession stands are open seasonally during Zoo hours, and weather permitting.

The Memphis Zoo is pleased to serve Pepsi products and introduce our food service partner, Lancer Hospitality.

Zoo Gift Shops

The Zoo has three gift shops - the Elephant's Trunk, Bamboo Shop and Trading Post. We offer unique gifts for all ages including toys, plush, apparel, jewelry, art and decorative items. The Elephant's Trunk Zoo Shop is conveniently located just inside the main entrance of the Zoo and paid admission is not required to visit.

The Bamboo Shop is located at the end of CHINA, our giant panda exhibit. You will find pandas galore and gifts from China with that special Asian flare.

At the entrance to our Northwest Passage exhibit lies the Trading Post featuring bear, wolf, sea lion and other Alaskan animal-related gifts for all ages. You will also find that the art and iconic symbols of the Northwest tribes add to the character of this shop.

The gift shops are owned and operated by the Memphis Zoological Society. All proceeds from the sales support the operating budget of the Zoo.

Gift shops are open during Zoo operating hours. You can call the Elephant's Trunk Zoo Shop directly at 901.333.6776.


Zoo Tram

Tired of walking? Take a guided tour around the Zoo for just $2 per person for an all-day pass!

Runs during SunTrust Zoo Lights and everyday March through October.

Closed December through February.

Farm Train and Children's Rides

  • $2 per ride for farm train
  • $2 for CHINA carousel.
  • $1 for children's rides in rides area

Open seven days a week 9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, beginning March 1.

Rides & train and carousel are closed November 1 through February 28.

MATA Bus Services

Two bus lines run by the Memphis Zoo, creating easy convenience for Zoo Guests. Bus 50 runs along Poplar, while Bus 53 runs along Summer.

Memphis HOP

For one low price, the Memphis Hop will make shuttle stops at 10 Memphis attractions each hour. Without a doubt, one of Memphis' best sightseeing values is the Memphis Hop. For more information, check out their website.

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