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Perennial Beds around the Zoo

Throughout the Memphis Zoo are perennial beds. These are plants that will return year after year, go dormant, or are foundation plantings such as trees and large shrubs. During the winter months, Horticulture is busy making improvements to these perennial beds. The Tortoise/Azalea bed was recently given an update. It is located to the left of the Tortoise yard. It began as a few azalea shrubs and iris plants. The site is very shady under cypress trees.   The azaleas were dug up and set... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, January 7, 2013

Mulching around the Zoo

  Mulching annual and perennial beds is a fall/ winter chore here at the zoo. The following are the benefits to mulching. Mulching keeps moisture in the beds. This allows you to conserve water. The soil temperature is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Weeds are decreased because they are smothered or not allowed to germinate. If the mulch is organic material, it will break down over time providing improved soil structure. If used properly around the base of trees and shrubs,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, January 3, 2013

Love Birds

You may have noticed our friendly Leadbeater’s Cockatoo, “Hansel,” has a new friend accompanying him in his new exhibit in the Tropical Bird House. His new girlfriend’s name is “Bonnie” and came to the Memphis Zoo in May 2012 from Denver Zoo.  They were off exhibit to give them the privacy during their lengthy introduction process. On September 4th, 2012 these two potential “lovebirds” were moved on exhibit to their little “love nest” to the right of the back bird flight.  “Bonnie” has... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Annuals

You may be wondering what planting choices Horticulture is using for the winter season. With the temperatures dipping into the 20s, it is necessary to pull all our tender perennials (pentas and stachytarphyta) and tropicals (bananas and palms). We are fortunate to have Greenhouses to house our plant collection until they are needed again.       We prepare our annual beds by pulling weeds, adding a thin layer of leaf compost and tilling to a depth of 6 – 8 inches. We... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, December 3, 2012

Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at Memphis Zoo

  MEMPHIS, TENN. - Red panda cubs "Justin" and "Lucille" have made their debut on exhibit in The Commercial Appeal Cat Country. The pair has been hand-raised in the Zoo's hospital since late this summer and can now be seen by the public for the first time. Justin was born July 1 in Memphis to "Ryo" and "Pele" who have since been moved to other institutions. Lucille was born on June 21 and transferred from the Bronx Zoo as part of a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 28, 2012