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Leatherleaf Mahonia

Another winter bloomer, Leatherleaf Mahonia, Mahonia bealei , is a shade loving shrub. It is a tough evergreen that tolerates any soil combination. The showy yellow flower clusters are on two to five inch long stems (racemes). The blue grape-like fruit (which is inedible) is displayed in April. The leaves are pinnately compound with 9-13 holly-like leaves. It is a great drought tolerant plant to consider when planting a xeriscape. It is also pest and disease resistant. When you want to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, February 14, 2013

Memphis Zoo Welcomes Komodo Dragon Hatchlings

MEMPHIS, TENN. - On January 21, the final Komodo dragon egg from a clutch of 16 hatched. This ended a three-week watch after the first egg pipped on January 2. Komodo dragons have an incubation period of 220-250 days. "Norberta," the Zoo's nine-year-old female, laid a clutch of 20 eggs in late May. Out of the 20, 16 were viable and produced offspring. This marks the Memphis Zoo's third successful clutch of Komodo dragons since the reproduction program began in 2011. There are fewer than 20... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Baby Giraffe Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The pitter patter of little hooves can be heard at the Giraffe Exhibit at the Memphis Zoo. Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, "Marilyn," a 19-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to "Maliki," a baby girl weighing 115 pounds. This is the fourth calf for Marilyn, and the sixth sired by "Kenya." This addition brings the Zoo's giraffe herd to a total of nine. Maliki is the sixth baby giraffe in seven years. "Marilyn is a great, experienced mother," says Matt Thompson,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, January 25, 2013

Flowering Bamboo

At the Pheasant #3 Exhibit at the China Exit, we are having an extraordinary event. The Bamboo is flowering. According to research, there is not one particular effect such as temperature, water, drought or fertilization that creates such an event. It just happens. Sometimes bamboo recovers and the stand will survive. Other times, it dies after producing seeds. The bamboo that is currently flowering is Pseudosasa japonica , also known as Arrow Bamboo.   Horticulture will follow this... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, January 21, 2013

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