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The MAC Project 2014: They've Arrived!

ed. note: The Memphis Zoo is proud to support the conservation of rare native birds in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The Marianas Avifauna Conservation program is a partnership between biologists at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, CNMI division of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve a threatened population of Forest Birds endangered by an invasive species, the brown tree snake. For the past two years, Herb Roberts and Fields... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hay, y'all. Welcoming Joli Fille and Peggy Sue

In March 2014, the Memphis Zoo’s Once Upon A Farm exhibit welcomed the addition of two Miniature Donkeys, named "Joli Fille" and "Peggy Sue."  They came to us from the Wee Ones Farm located in Gallatin, TN. Joli Fille and Peggy Sue, are half-sisters, but foaled by two different mothers. Their blood link is through their sire, or father, known as "Wee Ones Ragin’ Cajun." Chocolate brown colored, Peggy Sue, is the slightly older of the two donkeys, and was foaled on April 4, 2013.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 31, 2014

Bulbs bring additional Spring color

Last summer, I had been given the assignment to bring some color to the Plaza/ Courtyard area of the Zoo. We were to have guests from all across the world to see our Zoo. So I quickly thought of bulbs. They can make it through any winter and come out absolutely beautiful in the spring. At the planning time, I did not know we would encounter such a cold blustery winter like we experienced. I salivated over the Brent’s and Becky’s Bulb catalog. There were four areas that I could add color to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 31, 2014

Witch Hazel

Common Witch hazel, or Hamamelis virginiana , is blooming now at Teton Lodge. It is growing in full sun in a well drained soil. There are several different varieties to check out. Upright, vase shaped, rounded bush, spreading, horizontal spreading, and weeping varieties.      Foliage Witch hazel has an upright growing habit. It can grow 12 feet tall and wide in our area. If you are looking to add fall color to your landscape, consider placing for the yellow gold... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 24, 2014

Winter Honeysuckle

Winter honeysuckle or Lonicera fragrantissima is a wonderful shrub to add to your landscape. At the Memphis Zoo, we have it planted all throughout the zoo. It is a semi-deciduous shrub. It can get 10 feet tall and wide at maturity.  Maintenance To maintain a healthy looking shrub, every other year take out the biggest limb at the base of the shrub. This will allow young growth to expand and mature. You do not need to trim the top unless to keep it at a certain height. It is best... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, March 12, 2014