Category: Keeper Blog

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The MAC Project 2014: Tinian Fieldwork Complete!

Catch up  here and here .  It was touch and go… netting birds in the rain is risky and challenging, but with a finite number of days to complete the mission we persevered. Herb and the Saipan team are long gone, working nets to capture Mariana fruit doves and golden white-eyes for AZA zoo captive programs – the AZA populations are in need of genetic and gender ratio replenishment for those species after some years of slow but steady breeding success. Here on Tinian, our last... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 21, 2014

Breakfast With the Keepers: Interview with Polar Bear Keeper

The Memphis Zoo AAZK Chapter is hosting its first-ever " Breakfast with the Keepers " on April 26. The first breakfast event will focus on polar bears . The morning of this event, guests will enter the Zoo before it opens and travel down to Northwest Passage . Once they reach Northwest Passage, they will enjoy a catered breakfast and a special keeper chat where they will get a chance to speak one-on-one with a polar bear keeper.  One of the most unique parts of this event is that... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Saturday, April 19, 2014

The MAC Project 2014: And the Work Begins

Missed Blog 1? You can find it here .  Headed out this morning at 5am with high hopes – we caught 10 rufous fantails by 8am yesterday morning! Unfortunately the morning was cut short – squalls. Left at 5am only to drive into a gully-washer, then a steady rain.  Yesterday morning we actually had to bail early only because US troops were staging a military practice exercise on the runways near our sites (no ammunition!), so we were politely asked to vacate by 8:30am to avoid being... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The MAC Project 2014: They've Arrived!

ed. note: The Memphis Zoo is proud to support the conservation of rare native birds in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The Marianas Avifauna Conservation program is a partnership between biologists at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, CNMI division of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve a threatened population of Forest Birds endangered by an invasive species, the brown tree snake. For the past two years, Herb Roberts and Fields... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hay, y'all. Welcoming Joli Fille and Peggy Sue

In March 2014, the Memphis Zoo’s Once Upon A Farm exhibit welcomed the addition of two Miniature Donkeys, named "Joli Fille" and "Peggy Sue."  They came to us from the Wee Ones Farm located in Gallatin, TN. Joli Fille and Peggy Sue, are half-sisters, but foaled by two different mothers. Their blood link is through their sire, or father, known as "Wee Ones Ragin’ Cajun." Chocolate brown colored, Peggy Sue, is the slightly older of the two donkeys, and was foaled on April 4, 2013.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 31, 2014