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Cotton... and HarvestFest!

On September 28-29, Once Upon A Farm will bring back Harvest Fest. The event will showcase all the important factors that make up the family farm. One of those components is cash crops. Today we will look at cotton. Cotton is found in the Hibiscus family and has beautiful flowers. Gossypium hirsutum is the genus and species of local cotton.    Currently, our cotton plants are found between the pig and cow yards. The flowering has finished. What you will find is actual... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, September 16, 2013

Beautiful Butterfly Garden (and Technology, too!)

Have you been to see our Butterfly Garden this season? You can find the Butterfly Garden across from the Birds and Bees Exhibit. It has so much to offer. There are flowers for nectar and host plants galore. A host plant is one that the butterflies lay their eggs on and then the caterpillars consume. A nectar plant contains nectar for the butterfly to enjoy. But what you may not be aware of is the latest technology is at work.  The Zebra Swallowtail is the Tennessee State... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, August 30, 2013

A Summer Intern's Perspective

My name is Teirhnee Taylor and I am one of the first members in the Zoo Explorers Program. This particular program lasts six weeks, and during your internship you will learn valuable information. This program allows you to get full insight as to how the zoo and its different sections operate. Working at the zoo is not all fun and games it takes actual hard work. It also teaches you how to be responsible, how to take initiative, how to manage your time wisely and how to interact well with... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Memphis Zoo Hatches First Ever Tinian Monarch

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce its first ever hatching of a Tinian Monarch. The chick, whose sex is unknown, is the first successful captive hatchling in the world.   The chick was hatched on June 6, and fledged from the nest on June 19.   “This is a tremendous achievement, and we are so proud,” said Herb Roberts, Curator at the Memphis Zoo. “The process has been documented and we hope to build on this breakthrough. The dedicated staff of bird... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Yellow-Backed Duiker Born at the Memphis Zoo

Residents at the Round Barn are leaping for joy over the birth of a yellow-backed duiker, born June 28.   The baby boy, named "Chester," was born to parents "Ike" and "Tina." Ike, 10 years old, is on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo. Tina, a 3-year-old on loan from the Brookfield Zoo, is a first-time mother. The family is doing well and can be seen on exhibit at the Round Barn. This is the first yellow-backed duiker birth in several years. The Memphis Zoo has housed these small... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, July 26, 2013