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How the Animals Reacted: Solar Eclipse Day at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      Today, Memphis Zoo hosted a Solar Eclipse Watch Party, to mark the arrival of the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century. There were four observation stations spread throughout the Zoo, allowing visitors to observe if animal behavior changed during the solar eclipse. These observation stations were based off historical data from the last full solar eclipse, 99 years ago. Guests were also encouraged to use the hashtag #MZSolarEclipse for... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, August 21, 2017

Third Giraffe in Four Months Born at Memphis Zoo

What’s five feet tall, weighs almost one hundred pounds and has the name “mouse”?  A new baby reticulated giraffe at Memphis Zoo! A baby girl, named “Panya,” was born Sunday, August 13 to parents “Angela Kate” and “Niklas.” Panya is Swahili, and means “tiny,” or “mouse,” and references her petite frame. Giraffes are usually around six feet when born. “We are thrilled to welcome Panya into our... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, August 18, 2017

Spot-nosed Guenon Born at Memphis Zoo

A baby spot-nosed guenon (GWEN-ON) was born at Memphis Zoo on Saturday, July 15. Lesser spot-nose guenon’s scientific name, Cercopithecus petaurista , means “springiest monkey,” and the new baby lives up to this name. The baby boy, named “Grommet,” is the second offspring for “Thimble” and “Jerry.” Mother and baby are doing well, and are currently on exhibit in Primate Canyon. They’re on exhibit with the rest of the group,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baby Boom Continues at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – July 14, 2017 – Memphis Zoo is happy to announce the arrival of a baby reticulated giraffe at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. The new addition, a male named “Wakati” by the keepers, was born on exhibit as his mom, Wendy, chose to remain outside through labor in the giraffe lot open area.  Wakati is Memphis Zoo’s second giraffe birth in three months. His parents are first-time mom Wendy and father, Niklas, who is also dad to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, July 18, 2017

After 30-Year Hiatus, Galapagos Tortoises Return to Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo is once again home to Galapagos tortoises. The three brothers, who came to Memphis Zoo by way of Oklahoma City Zoo, are currently on exhibit in the tortoise yards across from the Dragon’s Lair and the Herpetarium.  “After a 30-year hiatus, Galapagos tortoises have returned to Memphis Zoo,” said Dr. Steve Reichling, area curator. “We’ve been without this iconic species until just recently, when these three young... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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