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How the Animals Reacted: First-Ever Animal Pumpkin Mash Day at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      Today, Memphis Zoo hosted the first-ever animal Pumpkin Mash Day at Memphis Zoo. More than 15 different species had unique enrichment opportunities featuring pumpkins. There were observation stations spread throughout the Zoo, allowing visitors to observe the behavior of the animals during enrichment time.   One observation station was in front of the Red River Hog yards. Zookeepers placed two carved pumpkins in the left yard, that... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Saturday, November 4, 2017

LEAPING LANGURS!

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo announced a record-breaking event earlier this year when “Tanah,” 22, became the oldest François langur to give birth. In honor of this fact, Zoo Keepers named the baby “Ripley.” In recognition of Tanah’s incredible feat and Ripley’s connection, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is coming to Memphis and teaming with the Zoo for nine (9) consecutive “Ripleys Days” of must-see-it-to-believe-it exhibits and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, October 2, 2017

Holy Madagascar! Ruffed Lemurs Return to Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the return of two types of ruffed lemurs – black-and-white ruffed lemurs and red-ruffed lemurs - to its exhibits beginning today. Both lemur species are found in the wild on the tiny African nation of Madagascar.  “We’re thrilled to be able to share these amazing animals with our Memphis Zoo family,” said Courtney Janney, area curator. “Ruffed lemurs have not called Memphis home since 2002. As a... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, September 22, 2017

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

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