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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 fun activities throughout the grounds.

“Although the keepers named Ripley after Robert Ripley and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” said Nancy Kelso, Vice President of Guest Services, “we could not have imagined that the news would bring this exciting event to the Zoo. The nearest Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is in Gatlinburg, Tenn., so not only does it give additional attention to the Memphis Zoo and our François langurs, it offers the opportunity to enjoy these incredible exhibits right here at home.”

At 11 a.m. Thursday, October 5, a representative from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will present Memphis Zoo with a plaque noting Tanah and Ripley’s accomplishment. Memphis Zoo will also receive a one-of-a-kind cartoon from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in keeping with Mr. Ripley’s background as a cartoonist.  Following the presentation, there will be a Media Preview Day allowing journalists to walk the Zoo and enjoy 10 unique Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits. 

"Baby Ripley and his mother Tanah is exactly the type of unbelieve story we scour the globe to feature in Ripley's Believe It or Not!." said Suzanne Smagala-Potts, Public Relations Manager for Ripley Entertainment, "Ripley's is honored to be a permanent part of Memphis Zoo's François langur exhibit."

When the gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, guests will be able to enjoy additional Ripley Day activities including a scavenger hunt, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not!-designed coloring page, special François langur Keeper Chats and be able to attend an interactive Ripley’s Believe It or Not! show in the transformed “Odditorium.”

All events are included with General Admission.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits will be at Memphis Zoo beginning Saturday, October 7, 2017 and conclude when gates close on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Odditorium shows will be on Saturday and Sunday only.

Posted by Laura Doty at 5:30 PM