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Memphis Zoo announces new splash park

The reviews are in, and the Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation Splash Park is a huge hit for all ages! The Splash Park opened for Zoo members only for the first week and will open to the public on July 16 th . With temperatures staying in the low 100s this summer, the Splash Park is the perfect way to cool off and have some fun before or after hanging out with our animals and exploring the Zoo. Since September 2021, crews have been diligently working to bring our guests this... Read More
at Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Jim Dean Announces Retirement

 Jim Dean   Jim Dean will be stepping down as President and CEO of the Memphis Zoo on June 16 th , 2022, making way for current Executive Director and Vice President, Matt Thompson. In 2019, the Zoo's board of directors signed Dean to a three-year contract.  "It was an honor and a privilege to be able to come back home to Memphis and be a part of this amazing team and help in the splendid work that they do every day, " said Dean. Dean brought his... Read More
at Thursday, June 16, 2022

Metamorphosis: The Butterfly Effect Now Open to the Public!

Transport to a mystical oasis as you enter into an all new butterfly paradise. The newest exhibit at the zoo, Metamorphosis: The Butterfly Effect, was designed to give guests an immersive experience where they can learn all about butterflies in their natural environment. The name of the exhibit derives from both biology and physics! Metamorphosis is the process of transforming from an immature form to an adult form using two or more distinct stages. In butterflies, these stages go from an... Read More
Posted by Jessica Faulk at Friday, May 27, 2022

Memphis Zoo Welcomes New Leopard As Part Of International Breeding Program

We’re proud to mark this Endangered Species Day with a very special announcement. Memphis Zoo is now home to female Amur leopard, Kira. Kira was born at Twycross Zoo in England in 2016.  Memphis Zoo is extremely proud to partner with Twycross Zoo as part of an international breeding program to help protect and preserve the species.  “Kira’s arrival is a double win for the Memphis community. Not only are Amur leopards a gorgeous and dynamic species to see... Read More
at Friday, May 20, 2022

Memphis Zoo Welcomes New Female Jaguar

We are excited to welcome Arizona, a very special female jaguar, to the Memphis Zoo. Arizona was born just over 9 years ago to mom Nayla at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Nayla is also mom to Inka, who just so happens to be Diego’s mom. Diego is our male jaguar. Therefore, Arizona is Diego’s aunt! Arizona is joining us from the San Antonio Zoo, where she lived most of her life so far. Arizona been a participant in the species survival plan (SSP) for jaguars as a loving mother to... Read More
Posted by Jessica Faulk at Friday, May 13, 2022