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Memphis Zoo Welcomes New Hippo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the addition of a new hippopotamus. “Binti,” a 15-year-old female hippo, was introduced to her new exhibit early Wednesday morning. Binti, meaning daughter, or young lady, in Swahili, is a name often used as a term of endearment.   She was put on exhibit with the Memphis Zoo’s other female hippo, “Splish.” Splish, 25, is part of a long line of hippos at the Zoo. She is the daughter of the beloved hippo, “Julie,” who passed away... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good Vines vs. Bad Vines

At the Memphis Zoo, the Horticulture Staff are constantly pulling weeds. Some of those weeds are vines and some are very bad.       The worst is Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). When P.I. is spotted at the Zoo, it is promptly removed. We do our utmost to not allow it to grow in areas where animals or guests are located. We do have several other vines that ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Teva!

I can’t believe it has been a year since the staff was anxiously waiting for Callie to give birth. Last June 27th, around noon, we were blessed with a 16 lb female sea lion pup.  We named her Teva (pronounced Tee – Va).  We thought a beach sandal would be a good name for a sea lion.  Teva has been doing great, and has become quite the diva.  As all sea lion pups do, Teva had many milestones she had to reach during her first year or so.  Although Callie behaved like a... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, June 14, 2013

Special Mother's Day Delivery: Baby Bonobo Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a bonobo. This is the second successful bonobo birth at the Memphis Zoo. The baby was born to parents "Kiri" and "Mofana" on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. "We are excited about this birth," Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs, said. "This is a species that needs a lot of help, so every birth is significant." The sex of the baby is not yet known. Zookeepers and veterinarian staff will determine the sex of the baby... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Magnolia grandiflora or Southern Magnolia

Their blooms are so fragrant. You walk past opening flowers in the early morning or late evening and the fragrance stays with you. The bloom time is from May through June. Creamy white fragrant flowers are in abundance now.   Magnolias can reach 60 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 50 feet wide. It is considered evergreen. However, during this bloom time, some leaves fall but not all of them. The top sides of magnolias leaves are shiny and waxy. Some undersides area coarse and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 10, 2013