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Meet a Keeper: Carolyn Horton

I originally started at the Memphis Zoo as a volunteer almost 34 years ago. I had been an x-ray technician before having my two kids. I did not want to go back into that field when my kids were ready to start to school. After talking to, then mammal curator, Chuck Brady and finding that I could work alongside of keepers, I eagerly started in the giraffe run. I went home filthy and sweaty but madly in love with the job! After a year of working in the giraffe area and the old children’s... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet a Keeper: Cori Piper

How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo?     I’ve been here for about 4 ½ years.  What is your educational background?  I graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in Anthropology.  What interested you to pursue your current career path?  I’ve always loved animals; learning about them, going to zoos, having pets. I also love being in the kitchen and creating new recipes, so now I get to do it for animals!  ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, July 20, 2014

Meet a Keeper: Dena Mendino

How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo? 28 years and volunteered for 2 years. Before being hired by the city, I worked at the Memphis Animal Shelter for 2 years.    What is your educational background? High school and some college    What interested you to pursue your current career path? I had a love of animals, which we all do, so I volunteered in the bird department and I was hooked.           Briefly describe what... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bear Awareness Week: Meet our American Black Bears

May 19-23 is Bear Awareness Week, and on Saturday, May 24, the Memphis Zoo will be celebrating with a fun-filled day of bear events and information.    All week there have been blogs on the different bears that currently call Memphis their home.  This then leads us to the last bear species, the American black bear, which is actually the species that started it all for the Memphis Zoo.  Back in 1906, the Memphis Zoo started out with a black bear, named... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bear Awareness Week: Meet our Giant Panda Bears

As most everyone knows, our giant pandas are "Ya Ya" and "Le Le." Ya Ya (our female) is 13 and Le Le (our male) is currently 15. They were named before they came to us. Ya Ya's name roughly means Beautiful Girl and Le Le's name means Happy Happy. Ya Ya was born and raised at the Beijing Zoo in China and Le Le was born at the Chongqing Zoo and came here from the Shanghai Zoo. Interesting triva: Ya Ya's mom's name is actually "Le Le" as well!  Le Le's birthday, July 18, 2013 ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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