Category: Animal News

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Special Mother's Day Delivery: Baby Bonobo Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a bonobo. This is the second successful bonobo birth at the Memphis Zoo. The baby was born to parents "Kiri" and "Mofana" on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. "We are excited about this birth," Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs, said. "This is a species that needs a lot of help, so every birth is significant." The sex of the baby is not yet known. Zookeepers and veterinarian staff will determine the sex of the baby... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Memphis Zoo Mourns the Loss of Julie the Hippo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - It is with great sadness that the Memphis Zoo announces the death of one of its most beloved animals. "Julie" the hippopotamus died March 16 at the age of 51 after her health began to dramatically decline earlier this month. 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, the decision was made to euthanize her in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 18, 2013

Memphis Zoo Welcomes Komodo Dragon Hatchlings

MEMPHIS, TENN. - On January 21, the final Komodo dragon egg from a clutch of 16 hatched. This ended a three-week watch after the first egg pipped on January 2. Komodo dragons have an incubation period of 220-250 days. "Norberta," the Zoo's nine-year-old female, laid a clutch of 20 eggs in late May. Out of the 20, 16 were viable and produced offspring. This marks the Memphis Zoo's third successful clutch of Komodo dragons since the reproduction program began in 2011. There are fewer than 20... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Baby Giraffe Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The pitter patter of little hooves can be heard at the Giraffe Exhibit at the Memphis Zoo. Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, "Marilyn," a 19-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to "Maliki," a baby girl weighing 115 pounds. This is the fourth calf for Marilyn, and the sixth sired by "Kenya." This addition brings the Zoo's giraffe herd to a total of nine. Maliki is the sixth baby giraffe in seven years. "Marilyn is a great, experienced mother," says Matt Thompson,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, January 25, 2013

Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at Memphis Zoo

  MEMPHIS, TENN. - Red panda cubs "Justin" and "Lucille" have made their debut on exhibit in The Commercial Appeal Cat Country. The pair has been hand-raised in the Zoo's hospital since late this summer and can now be seen by the public for the first time. Justin was born July 1 in Memphis to "Ryo" and "Pele" who have since been moved to other institutions. Lucille was born on June 21 and transferred from the Bronx Zoo as part of a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 28, 2012