To infinity and beyond! The Memphis Zoo is thrilled to announce Director of Conservation & Research, Dr. Steve Reichling and his research team are headed to the red planet to study a new animal species. This project wouldn’t be possible without the help of Mr. Elon Musk and his phenomenal SpaceX Team. Mission: Species X is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the Summer of 2024. Discussions about Mission: Species X began after a Mars rover captured some unusual, animal like footprints in the red dirt. After evaluating the animal prints, Dr. Reichling speculated that "the animal will resemble a reptilian creature based on its narrow claw-like print and the environment it inhabits on Mars." However, no one truly knows what this creature will look like until the research team investigates more. To learn more about the Memphis Zoo's collaboration for Mission: Species X, you will have to let your imagination take flight, because as cool as this mission would be... April Fools!