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Memphis Zoo names giraffe calf after beloved Memphis Grizzlies player

Memphis Zoo is thrilled to announce a new addition to its reticulated giraffe herd and his name is a nod to one of Memphis’ beloved athletes.  Parents Niklas and Angela Kate welcomed a baby boy on November 10 th . To celebrate Ja Morant winning NBA Rookie of the year, Memphis Zoo will name the calf Ja Raffe. This addition brings the Memphis Zoo herd up to seven giraffes.  This birth is also exciting because it will be the first time the calf’s sister,... Read More
at Thursday, November 19, 2020

Memphis Zoo begins holiday season with SunTrust Now Truist Zoo Lights

Tis the season for SunTrust Now Truist  Zoo Lights. Sparkling and Festive displays deck the Memphis Zoo with holiday cheer. A winter wonderland of over 1 million lights await you along with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Dash through the zoo on a horse drawn carriage or knock out your holiday shopping at our Merry Memphis Market Village. Enjoy a delicious hot cocoa, holiday treats and s’mores. Starts on November 20th to January 3rd on select nights... Read More
at Thursday, November 12, 2020

Saving A Species: Amur Leopards

Memphis Zoo’s mission is to create adventures and save wildlife. Over the summer the Memphis Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers played a role in saving Amur leopards with a virtual 5k. The Memphis Zoo is home to Amur leopard, Sputnik. Amur leopards are critically endangered with only about 100 individuals left in the wild. The virtual 5k was organized by Cat Country Keeper Abigail Greenwalt. “I wanted to create an event that would engage a more diverse group... Read More
at Monday, November 9, 2020

Memphis Zoo Continues Work to Save Critically Endangered Frog

Memphis Zoo is making momentous strides to save the critically endangered dusky gopher frog.  In September, Memphis Zoo along with Dallas Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo released 517 dusky gopher frogs into the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area near Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  This is the fourth and last release for 2020. The releases took place between June and September.  In total, 3,210 juvenile frogs and tadpoles were released. This number represents... Read More
at Thursday, October 8, 2020

Memphis Zoo Announces Four Flamingo Chick Hatchings

Memphis Zoo is thrilled to announce its first flamingo hatchings in more than two years.   Four Chilean flamingo chicks hatched in September. If you have visited our stand lately, you may have noticed the mounds of dirt off to the right in the exhibit. Those are flamingo nests. The incubation period for flamingo eggs is usually around 28 to 30 days.  The parents take turns sitting on the egg to keep it warm.   When flamingos hatch, they have... Read More
at Wednesday, October 7, 2020