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2017: Year In Review

A Year in Review: Top five Zoo milestones of 2017 2017 was a milestone year for all of us at Memphis Zoo. From exciting new births to nonstop conservation efforts, we strive to continue serving as a must-see tourist and educational destination for animal lovers of all ages. Check out our top five favorite moments of 2017: Winnie Baby hippo “Winnie” is the daughter of “Binti” and “Uzazi,” both of the Memphis Zoo. She was born March 23, weighing... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baby Nyala Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a female nyala. She is the latest baby born at Memphis Zoo this year. To date, more than 330 babies have been born here since January 1. She weighed about 11 pounds at birth. The calf, named “Maggie,” is the first nyala calf to be born in the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit since it opened in April 2016. Mother and baby are doing well, and can be seen on exhibit in Zambezi River... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Friday, December 1, 2017

Baby Boom Continues

Memphis Zoo is happy to announce the arrival of a baby reticulated giraffe at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. The new addition, a male named “Wakati” by the keepers, was born on exhibit as his mom, Wendy, chose to remain outside through labor in the giraffe lot open area. Wakati is Memphis Zoo’s second giraffe birth in three months. His parents are first-time mom Wendy and father, Niklas, who is also dad to Bogey, born April 3 of this year. Wakati‘s mom... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Saturday, November 25, 2017

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 Laura Doty at Saturday, November 4, 2017


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 Laura Doty at Monday, October 2, 2017