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Memphis Zoo Announces Snow Leopard Cub

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  The Memphis Zoo is closing out a purr-fect summer with a major announcement. Its first snow leopard birth in more than a decade took place July 19, helping a highly endangered animal make a comeback.  The cub, a male, was born to parents “Ateri” and “Darhan.” Ateri, a first-time mother, is nursing the cub behind-the-scenes. The cub’s name will be announced in the coming weeks as the Zoo partners with WMC-TV 5 for a special naming ceremony. The naming ceremony... Read More
Posted by Eli Brumley at Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Memphis Zoo Hatches First Ever Tinian Monarch

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce its first ever hatching of a Tinian Monarch. The chick, whose sex is unknown, is the first successful captive hatchling in the world.   The chick was hatched on June 6, and fledged from the nest on June 19.   “This is a tremendous achievement, and we are so proud,” said Herb Roberts, Curator at the Memphis Zoo. “The process has been documented and we hope to build on this breakthrough. The dedicated staff of bird... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Yellow-Backed Duiker Born at the Memphis Zoo

Residents at the Round Barn are leaping for joy over the birth of a yellow-backed duiker, born June 28.   The baby boy, named "Chester," was born to parents "Ike" and "Tina." Ike, 10 years old, is on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo. Tina, a 3-year-old on loan from the Brookfield Zoo, is a first-time mother. The family is doing well and can be seen on exhibit at the Round Barn. This is the first yellow-backed duiker birth in several years. The Memphis Zoo has housed these small... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, July 26, 2013

Memphis Zoo Welcomes New Hippo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the addition of a new hippopotamus. “Binti,” a 15-year-old female hippo, was introduced to her new exhibit early Wednesday morning. Binti, meaning daughter, or young lady, in Swahili, is a name often used as a term of endearment.   She was put on exhibit with the Memphis Zoo’s other female hippo, “Splish.” Splish, 25, is part of a long line of hippos at the Zoo. She is the daughter of the beloved hippo, “Julie,” who passed away... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, July 11, 2013

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