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Five flights and two days later… Tinian

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper   It is a long journey to my destination this year, the island of Tinian. MAC (Mariana Avifauna Conservation) Program participants from a dozen zoos have gathered once again for our annual efforts to spare the birds of Northern Mariana Islands the fate of those on Guam in decades past – vast extinction from the non-native, predatory brown tree snake. Memphis to Chicago to Honolulu to Guam to Saipan to Tinian over two days, most within a 24 hour period… A... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 22, 2015

It's a Lion! It's a Tiger! It's a Plant! Oh my!

Written by Justine Rushing Newman Photos by Rachel Wilson             Today, we’re talking topiaries!  I’d like to describe how we make your experience even more enjoyable at the Memphis Zoo through the wild world of plants!   We will also give you instructions on how to do the same at home!         Sedums in moss As you enter the plaza of the Memphis Zoo, you will see a line of... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, June 12, 2015

The Budgie House is Open!

The Budgie House, home to the Zoo's flock of budgies, is open for the Summer! It's included with general admission. Feeding sticks are $1. Budgies, also known as parakeets, are native to Australia. Their name is derived from an Australian slang word “budgery,” meaning good. Budgies are psittacines, which means they are seed eaters. They have cone-shaped beaks that allow them to easily eat seeds. Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, June 5, 2015

African Penguin Writing Contest Winners

The Memphis Zoo would like to thank each person who participated  in our African Penguin Writing Contest.  Every story we received was both entertaining and informative.    Below are the names of the overall winners as well as two honorable mentions in each age division. The winner have already been notified. Congrats to all!  K-2 Nicholas T . – 2nd Woodland (Overall Winner) "Everyone Can Be A Hero" Once upon a time there was an African Penguin... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memphis Zoo Contributes $83 Million to Local and State Economy

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  A newly released economic impact study from the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Center for Manpower Studies at the University of Memphis found that the Memphis Zoo contributes $83.8 million in total impact to the Memphis economy and provides 879 jobs.                      Over 300,000 tourists from outside the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 6, 2015