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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

The MAC Project 2014: Team Tinian joins Team Saipan

A separate group of MAC folks, after helping set up on Tinian, set off to Saipan to start the whole process over for the other objective this year: to bring Mariana fruit doves and golden white-eyes into AZA zoos to augment the captive populations.  Herb Roberts, Mariana fruit dove studbook coordinator, was hoping to get 12 female doves, as they are in short supply. With the rain on Tinian reflective of cooler, wetter weather on Saipan as well, trapping was challenging. Fruit doves are... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, May 8, 2014

Memphis Zoo Welcomes Meerkat Pups

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  Visitors to the Memphis Zoo might have noticed a couple of new additions to Cat Country. Two meerkat babies were born February 27 to first-time mother “Sunny.” Among the group’s three males, the father is not yet known.    The meerkat pups, both males, are currently on exhibit with the rest of the meerkat mob. “Billy” is the gray pup who is slightly larger than his brother, “Rico.” Rico is reddish in color.     “It’s really adorable to see... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What is Enrichment?

ed. note: This article originally appeared in our bi-monthly Members magazine,  Exzooberance .  Build up. Sweeten. Jazz up. These are just a few synonyms of a word used a lot at the Memphis Zoo. When it comes to the animals in our care, we strive daily to supplement, better, augment and upgrade their quality of life. In another word, we do all we can to enrich .  Enrichment takes on many different forms depending on the animals' needs, but the common goal of all... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The MAC Project 2014: Translocation Success!

Catch up here , here and here .  With showers on Tinian, the worst fears set in that we would not get to move the rufous fantails today. Luckily the helicopter pilot was wise to nature’s tricks – It’s Just Rain. No squalls, no lightning, nothing to threaten a tiny aircraft over a large ocean.  I found out the day before that I would be accompanying the birds in the copter to their new island!!! Paul Radley from the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife and I would ride out to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 28, 2014