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Baby Bonobo Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – For the second time in as many years, the Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a baby bonobo.  As an endangered animal in the wild, these births are helping to preserve the population of this species.   “Mpingo,” (EM-pingo) a baby boy, was born to parents “Lily” and “Mofana” at 7:30 a.m., Monday, April 28, 2014. Mpingos are a type of African tree, also known as African blackwoods. They are sometimes referred to as “the tree that makes music,” as its... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memphis Zoo Ranked as One of Top Five Zoos in Country

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Zoo continues to rank among the top five zoos in the nation. In a Reader’s Choice contest by USA Today’s 10Best Contest, the Memphis Zoo was voted No. 4 in the list of the ten best zoos in the U.S.    Toledo Zoo received the No. 1 ranking, and the Memphis Zoo is happy to congratulate them on this recognition.    “What a great day for zoos all over the country,” said Abbey Dane, Memphis Zoo Director of Marketing and Communications. “We... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bear Awareness Week: Meet our Giant Panda Bears

As most everyone knows, our giant pandas are "Ya Ya" and "Le Le." Ya Ya (our female) is 13 and Le Le (our male) is currently 15. They were named before they came to us. Ya Ya's name roughly means Beautiful Girl and Le Le's name means Happy Happy. Ya Ya was born and raised at the Beijing Zoo in China and Le Le was born at the Chongqing Zoo and came here from the Shanghai Zoo. Interesting triva: Ya Ya's mom's name is actually "Le Le" as well!  Le Le's birthday, July 18, 2013 ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bear Awareness Week: Meet our Grizzly Bears

The Memphis Zoo currently has five grizzly bears that call Teton Trek home.  They are separated in two groups, which alternate on exhibit every other day.      The younger group of three is made up of two brothers and a sister that came to the zoo as orphans from Yellowstone in Montana.  They are currently five years old.  “Yukon” is the darkest of the three and currently the largest weighing in at a little over 500 pounds.  He was... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bear Awareness Week: Meet our Polar Bears

We have two polar bears here at the Memphis Zoo.   "Payton" is our big male. He is 10 years old and weighs about 1,100 lbs.  Payton was born at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.  He got his name when the zoo had a naming contest to name the new polar bear.  The winning name, Payton, was suggested because Payton had become a beloved bear of Chicago.  So they found it fitting to name him after another beloved Chicago Bear, Walter Payton, the great... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, May 19, 2014