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Butterflies of Tennessee

ed. note: This list was updated 4/28/2014.   Skippers Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper  Urbanus proteus   Long-tailed Skipper   Autochton cellus ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 11, 2013

Butterfly Garden Planting Guide

Thanks to our wonderful Horticulturalists, who made a butterfly garden planting guide. For a PDF version, click here . Butterfly Garden Planting Guide Invite them over to your own backyard. Plant your own butterfly garden at home! Follow these simple suggestions to attract these beautiful and colorful insects to your own yard.   PICK a sunny spot. Butterflies need sun to keep their bodies warm enough to fly. Most of their favorite flowers like lots of sun, too.   ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Loropetalum chinense

Loropetalum chinense , also known as Chinese Witch Hazel, is an alternative to azaleas, camellias, and gardenias. They work well in full sun to partial shade. No serious pest or disease problems have been noted.   Two selections, ‘Blush’ and ‘Burgundy’ boast rich bronze-red to red-purple new foliage that matures to a deep olive- or purple-green. As winter approaches, the leaves turn a brilliant orange-red. The small blooms appear sporadically throughout the growing season and range... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Memphis Zoo Mourns the Loss of Julie the Hippo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - It is with great sadness that the Memphis Zoo announces the death of one of its most beloved animals. "Julie" the hippopotamus died March 16 at the age of 51 after her health began to dramatically decline earlier this month. As Zoo keepers and veterinarians began to notice her decline, she was put on Zoo hospice care to closely monitor her health and keep her as comfortable as possible. Out of the Zoo's deep love for this animal, the decision was made to euthanize her in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, March 18, 2013


Forsythia and Flowering Quince are the reminders that spring is just around the corner. The yellow buds burst forth with glorious color. They provide that late winter/ early spring color needed in the garden. After their blooms,  the foliage fills out for the season. Forsythia shrubs are found in zones 5 – 8, perfect for a Memphis garden. They love full sun and well-drained soil.  The plant taxonomy of border forsythias is Forsythia x intermedia . They are a hybrid of greenstem ( F.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, March 10, 2013