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By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  The boat that will carry these seedling sub-populations of monarchs and white-eyes to the sanctuary island of Guguan has been delayed. In many ways we are just in a situation of “island time”, which in other circumstances could be a quaint if only slightly irritating reminder to slow down our first world pulses. However, while all birds’ weights and temperaments are checked daily through non-invasive observation (the birds can be weighed without... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, July 3, 2015

Memphis Zoo Ranked as One of Top Zoos in Country

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Zoo continues to rank among the top zoos in the nation. Fodor’s Travel, the leading name in travel guides for almost 80 years, named the Memphis Zoo one of the Top 10 zoos in the country.    "We are so proud to receive this national recognition from such a longtime, well-respected travel publication,” Angie Whitfield, Director of Marketing and Communications said.  “The Memphis Zoo is such a jewel in this city, and we are honored to be on this Top 10... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 22, 2015

In the trenches

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper   Netting the birds is complete! With a target number of 50 birds each, we ended with 47 Tinian monarchs and 51 bridled white-eyes. The monarchs posed a challenge… They live deep in the forest and required over 45 net sites to reach our goal, practically a net apiece. The white-eyes, on the other hand, loved to fly out across the WWII runway cross-roads we use as access to the habitat and needed only a few high nets and a little patience. After birds were... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 22, 2015

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