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Memphis Zoo Hatches First Ever Kiwi

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce its first ever hatching of a North Island Brown Kiwi. The female is named “Aria,” which means “spirit” in the native New Zealand Maori language, is only the fourth kiwi to live at the Memphis Zoo, and one of only 26 kiwis that live in North America. Aria is the daughter of “Gruen” and “Koru,” both housed at the Columbus Zoo, on loan from the Frankfurt Zoo. Aria’s egg was laid in Columbus, Ohio, and was picked up on July 19, by... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baby Red Panda Born at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. – Zookeepers at the Memphis Zoo recently welcomed the first red panda cub since 2005. “Justin” was born July 1 to parents “Ryo” and “Pele.”   The bouncing baby boy was born on exhibit in The Commercial Appeal Cat Country. Because his mother was unable to properly care for him, within a week animal staff moved Justin to the hospital where he is being hand-reared.   “He’s doing well,” said Dr. Felicia Knightly, the Memphis Zoo Senior Veterinarian.“He’s taken to the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lantana camara Confetti

Lantana camara Confetti is currently growing in the Plaza containers situated around the Nile fountain. It can grow two to three feet in height and up to four feet wide. As you can see in the photo, the colors of the flower clusters are pink, orange and yellow. The foliage is dark green and leathery feeling. When you crush the leaves, you will notice a green, citrusy scent. Some find it offensive. I love the scent of lantana. This lantana is not hardy and will not survive our winters. If you... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, August 28, 2012


  Hi, my name is Bryan Summerford and I am an aquarist here at the Memphis Zoo.  You may think working in an aquarium is all about fish, but in my case it definitely is not!  One of the biggest projects I’m working on right now is a breeding program for a threatened newt species called the Western Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).  This is also a big conservation project for the Zoo because we are working with the U.S. Forest Service and the Coastal Plains... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, August 16, 2012

Education Blog: The Monarch Institute

As part of our goal of bringing the best information to our students, our Education department regularly attends outside conferences to further their knowledge. One recent trip was tot he Monarch Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Leslie Dobbs and Laura Snook, both Education Specialists at the Memphis Zoo, traveled to the institute July 23-26. Here, they share their day-by-day happenings with us.    Day 1: Learning the Monarch Life Cycle After arriving in Minnesota the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, August 16, 2012