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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

What is "Animals In Action" Day?

By Sarah Doherty, CHINA Keeper Animals in Action. What does that mean at the Memphis Zoo? It means keeping our animals mentally and physically active through enrichment, training, and animal interactions. Enrichment comes in many forms. For instance cats love scents; pandas like cardboard boxes that hide their favorite treats; and some primates like to create nests with wood wool. Keepers give animals enrichment to help elicit natural behaviors such as foraging, hunting,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Train Your Hippo: 101

As we’re sure you can imagine, moving a hippo into a new exhibit is not an easy task. But, moving TWO hippos into a new exhibit takes twice the effort. To transfer our beloved "Binti" and "Splish" into their new humble abode at the Zambezi River Hippo Camp (opening this spring), keepers Dena and Mandino will put each hippo in a 15’ x 5’ wooden crate that will then be lifted by a crane and carefully placed inside their new habitat.    Crate training may seem unusual to the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, February 26, 2016

Steps to Churchill… Steps to Change

By Carla Cook, Director of Education Editor's Note: This originally appeared in The Key .  On February 25, 2014 I received an email that would forever change my life.  “Congratulations and welcome!  We are very glad to have you join our effort to save polar bears.”  This was actually happening! Polar Bears International had accepted me as a member of the 2014 Climate Alliance which meant I would be representing the Memphis Zoo and traveling to Churchill, Manitoba,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

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