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Baby Linné Two-Toed Sloth Being Hand-Reared at the Memphis Zoo

A baby Linné’s two-toed sloth was recently born at the Memphis Zoo, and has a handful of special friends – the Zoo’s animal care staff and a stuffed elephant. “Lua” (loo-ah), a girl, was born on March 17, 2017 to parents “Marilyn” and “Sparky.” Lua means “moon” in Portuguese. This was the first successful Linné two-toed sloth birth at the Memphis Zoo. Marilyn, Lua’s mother, has birthed other infants in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 24, 2017

Memphis Zoo Announces Addition of Three Mandrills

After a 67-year absence, the Memphis Zoo is once again home to mandrills. “Babu,” “Kimani” and “Gertrude,” are now on exhibit in the old Patas monkey habitat in Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Babu, the male, came to the Memphis Zoo by way of Granby Zoo in Canada. The 9-year-old is the largest of the three mandrills, and also the most brightly colored. Kimani, also a 9-year-old, arrived from the Birmingham Zoo. She’s the larger of the two females, and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 17, 2017

Boy, Oh Boy! Memphis Zoo Announces Birth of Baby Giraffe  

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Oh boy! The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a baby boy giraffe, “Bogey.” Bogey was born on Monday, April 3 at noon, while mother “Akili” was on exhibit. The infant was named in honor of Steve Bogardy, a long-time Memphis zookeeper, who recently passed away. Akili did not provide appropriate maternal behavior, so the Zoo’s animal caretakers have stepped in to hand-rear the infant. This is not unusual,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 10, 2017

Behind-the-Scenes: Croc Feedings

The latest exhibit to open at the Memphis Zoo, Zambezi River Hippo Camp , is home to four Nile crocodiles —three females and one male. If you’re thinking these animals are like your regular ’ol crocodiles or alligators, think again! Nile crocs can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 1,600 pounds. That’s nearly 1,000 pounds more than your average alligator! Aside from their massive size, the way they eat is unique as well. In the wild, Nile crocs are capable of... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 6, 2017

It’s a Girl! Memphis Zoo Announces Birth of Baby Hippo

Update: Her name is Winnie! MEMPHIS, TENN. –     It’s a girl! A big bundle of joy has joined the Memphis Zoo family. “Binti,” a Nile hippopotamus, gave birth to a healthy, 76-pound baby girl on March 23, 2017. The baby hippo, whose name is not yet decided, will be make her debut on exhibit Friday, April 7 at 8 a.m. The Memphis Zoo is asking for help naming the infant – a naming contest will be held on the Memphis Zoo’s website .... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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