Category: Animal News

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Baby Boom Continues at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – July 14, 2017 – Memphis Zoo is happy to announce the arrival of a baby reticulated giraffe at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. The new addition, a male named “Wakati” by the keepers, was born on exhibit as his mom, Wendy, chose to remain outside through labor in the giraffe lot open area.  Wakati is Memphis Zoo’s second giraffe birth in three months. His parents are first-time mom Wendy and father, Niklas, who is also dad to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, July 18, 2017

After 30-Year Hiatus, Galapagos Tortoises Return to Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo is once again home to Galapagos tortoises. The three brothers, who came to Memphis Zoo by way of Oklahoma City Zoo, are currently on exhibit in the tortoise yards across from the Dragon’s Lair and the Herpetarium.  “After a 30-year hiatus, Galapagos tortoises have returned to Memphis Zoo,” said Dr. Steve Reichling, area curator. “We’ve been without this iconic species until just recently, when these three young... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Record Breaking” François Langur Born at Memphis Zoo  

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      It’s a birth for the record books. “Ripley,” a male François langur, was born to mom, “Tanah,” and dad, “Jay Jay,” on April 12, 2017. All three members are currently on exhibit, along with sisters “Raven,” “Rook” and “Jean Grey.” Tanah is the oldest langur to give birth, according to the François langur Species Survival Plan (SSP), the leading... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Things You Didn't Know About Sloths

As you probably know, Memphis Zoo recently welcomed a new baby sloth to its ever-growing family! Parents "Marilyn" and "Sparky" welcomed a new Linné two-toed sloth, Baby “Lua.” Like her parents, Baby Lua is full of wonder, and we know five reasons why! 1. Descendent of a Superorder More than 60 million years ago, the sloth’s superorder ancestor, Xenarthra , first inhabited the earth as a group of placental mammals. Today, they can only be... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two Warthogs Born at Memphis Zoo

It's a warty face that everyone can love. “Daphne,” a five-year-old female warthog gave birth to two piglets, “Abraham” and “Sarah” on Sunday, April 30. Mother and piglets are doing well, and are currently on exhibit. Daphne came to the Memphis Zoo in 2014. “Samson,” the father of the piglets, is the same age as Daphne. The boar, or male, arrived in 2016. This arrival of Abraham and Sarah is their first litter together. “At... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 5, 2017