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Baby Nyala Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a female nyala. She is the latest baby born at Memphis Zoo this year. To date, more than 330 babies have been born here since January 1. She weighed about 11 pounds at birth. The calf, named “Maggie,” is the first nyala calf to be born in the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit since it opened in April 2016. Mother and baby are doing well, and can be seen on exhibit in Zambezi River... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Friday, December 1, 2017

How the Animals Reacted: First-Ever Animal Pumpkin Mash Day at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      Today, Memphis Zoo hosted the first-ever animal Pumpkin Mash Day at Memphis Zoo. More than 15 different species had unique enrichment opportunities featuring pumpkins. There were observation stations spread throughout the Zoo, allowing visitors to observe the behavior of the animals during enrichment time.   One observation station was in front of the Red River Hog yards. Zookeepers placed two carved pumpkins in the left yard, that... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Saturday, November 4, 2017

LEAPING LANGURS!

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo announced a record-breaking event earlier this year when “Tanah,” 22, became the oldest François langur to give birth. In honor of this fact, Zoo Keepers named the baby “Ripley.” In recognition of Tanah’s incredible feat and Ripley’s connection, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is coming to Memphis and teaming with the Zoo for nine (9) consecutive “Ripleys Days” of must-see-it-to-believe-it exhibits and... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Monday, October 2, 2017

Holy Madagascar! Ruffed Lemurs Return to Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the return of two types of ruffed lemurs – black-and-white ruffed lemurs and red-ruffed lemurs - to its exhibits beginning today. Both lemur species are found in the wild on the tiny African nation of Madagascar.  “We’re thrilled to be able to share these amazing animals with our Memphis Zoo family,” said Courtney Janney, area curator. “Ruffed lemurs have not called Memphis home since 2002. As a... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Friday, September 22, 2017

How the Animals Reacted: Solar Eclipse Day at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      Today, Memphis Zoo hosted a Solar Eclipse Watch Party, to mark the arrival of the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century. There were four observation stations spread throughout the Zoo, allowing visitors to observe if animal behavior changed during the solar eclipse. These observation stations were based off historical data from the last full solar eclipse, 99 years ago. Guests were also encouraged to use the hashtag #MZSolarEclipse for... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Monday, August 21, 2017