A Year in Review: Top five Zoo milestones of 2017
2017 was a milestone year for all of us at Memphis Zoo. From exciting new births to nonstop conservation efforts, we strive to continue serving as a must-see tourist and educational destination for animal lovers of all ages. Check out our top five favorite moments of 2017:
Baby hippo “Winnie” is the daughter of “Binti” and “Uzazi,” both of the Memphis Zoo. She was born March 23, weighing in at 76 pounds. You can see her on exhibit at the Zambezi River Hippo Camp with Binti. Because mom and baby share an exhibit with Uzazi, sometimes the duo is behind the scenes. To ensure Winnie will be on exhibit the day of your visit, click here. The first Wednesday of every month, we celebrated “Winnie Wednesday” by releasing a new video tracking her progress. You can watch them all and learn more about Winnie here.
Louisiana Pine Snakes
Memphis Zoo is one of only four conservation centers in the United States to increase the Louisiana pine snake breeding population. They're the rarest snake species in North America, as many of their natural habitats in Texas and Louisiana are now gone. The few remaining in the wild can only be found in a handful of parishes in Louisiana. In May, five female snakes laid 28 eggs, which the Zoo incubated for about 60 days. The births were featured on the Zoo’s website.
On March 17, we welcomed “Lua,” an adorable Linné two-toed sloth. Lua was our first successful birth of this species. After being closely monitored and hand-raised behind the scenes by Memphis Zoo staff, Lua is now on exhibit. The national media loved to share photos and video of our girl on social media, especially People Magazine and Southern Living!
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
To celebrate the rare birth of a Francois langur named “Ripley,” we teamed with Ripley's Believe It or Not! for "Ripley's Days.” The event boasted nine days of special exhibits that featured "must see it to believe it" displays throughout the Zoo. The partnership was such a huge success that we’re teaming with Ripley's again in spring 2018 to show off even more than 100 rare artifacts and host other fun activities for all ages to enjoy!
Ripley’s birth by his mother “Tanah” was also a record-breaking event. If you don’t “believe” us, see for yourself.
New record of attendance
Memphis Zoo hit record-breaking attendance this past fiscal year, bringing more than 1.2 million visitors! We believe there are a lot of contributors to this record, including this year's baby boom, our nationally recognized Zoo Lights during the holidays and longtime supporters like you!
This year has been exciting for us. We look forward to sharing many more special moments and new experiences with you in 2018.