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Today is National Panda Day!

National Panda Day is a day to celebrate, especially here at the Memphis Zoo where you can see two giant pandas up close and personal – Ya Ya and Le Le. With only four zoos in America being home to the species (San Diego Zoo, Zoo Atlanta and Smithsonian’s National Zoo), we are so proud to have Ya Ya and Le Le as a part of our family!  Have you ever ordered a package online and thought the five to seven day arrival time was a bit excessive? Well, what about a four-year arrival time?... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fishing Cat Kittens Born at the Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce the birth of two fishing cat kittens. The kittens, both males, were born December 14, 2015 to first-time parents “Jonas” and “Wasabi.”    The kittens are named “Bob Parker” and “Rodrick.” They are currently not on exhibit. Jonas, the mother, was born in 2012. The father, Wasabi, was born in 2013 at the National Zoo.    “This birth is significant within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as there are only 60 fishing cats... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 7, 2016

Meet Dr. Kimberly Terrell: 5 questions with our new Director of Research and Conservation

Cue the trumpets! The Memphis Zoo is excited to welcome Dr. Kimberly Terrell as our new Director of Research and Conservation! She will be in charge of fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of advancing research, conservation and education for threatened wildlife and wild places. Talk about a fun job!    Before coming to the Bluff City in September, Dr. Terrell was a research associate for the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. She spent her time studying... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, October 15, 2015

Memphis Zoo Receives Two Institute for Museum and Library Service Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Memphis Zoo two grants totaling $627,160. The first grant, issued under the Museums for America Program, will assist the Memphis Zoo in making environmental and collection improvements to the Herpetarium Building. This grant totaled $146,745. The second grant, under the National Leadership Program, will help establish the country’s first National Amphibian Genome Bank (NAGB) and totaled $480,415. “These awards will help... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Translocation success and topophilia

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  Four days after the scheduled departure and a different (smaller) boat altogether, a (smaller) MAC crew along with the CNMI biologists and the captain left Tinian for the tiny volcanic island of Guguan with nearly 100 birds in tow. Because of the late departure and the change of vessel, not all of us were able to go – five brave souls took to the waves in unchartered fluid territory for the MAC Program. In the past, the CNMI government has... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, July 12, 2015

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