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Memphis Zoo's African Elephant Miscarries

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It is with tremendous sadness that the Memphis Zoo announces 29-year-old African elephant “Gina” has had a miscarriage. Gina was due to give birth in August of this year.    Zoo officials became concerned last week when ultrasounds showed lack of fetal movement. Ultrasound expert Dr. Shannon McGee and Zoo veterinarians conducted an in-depth ultrasound Sunday and confirmed that there was no heartbeat. The cause of the calf’s death is unknown at this time.   ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Memphis Zoo Welcomes First Baby Komodo Dragon

MEMPHIS, TENN. ­ On October 8, Memphis Zoo staff successfully hatched a Komodo dragon baby for the first time in Zoo history. The baby was born after 222 days of incubation and weighed approximately 99 grams at birth.   “This was the culmination of over a decade of hard work by the animal staff,” says Dr. Steve Reichling, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians. “This hatchling is the start of what we expect will be a very successful Komodo dragon breeding program.”   The Memphis Zoo’s... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, October 28, 2011

Memphis Zoo Keeper Travels to See Wild Polar Bears

Tammy Hill, a zookeeper with the Memphis Zoo, will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in early October for a week-long Keeper Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world’s leading polar bear conservation group. The Memphis Zoo, which is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center zoos, selected Tammy Hill based on her past outreach and community involvement. She will join 14 other zoo professionals from across the U.S. and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, September 26, 2011

hippo test

Meet the Hippos of the Memphis Zoo More than a Century The Memphis Zoo has had the same family line of hippos for more than a century. It all started with "Adonis" in 1914. Adonis lived an extraordinary long life for a hippo, and had three separate mates. His last mate was "Josephine," the mother of our beloved "Julie." Julie was born on July 8, 1961. She and her mate, "Uebi," produced 10 offspring, including a set of twins. Twins "Splish" and "Splash," named by native... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 10, 2003


Memphis Zoo Cyber Monday Starts Now! For a limited time only, take $10 off ANY Memphis Zoo membership! This deal will expire at 11:59 p.m., Monday December 1 and is only available at memphiszoo.org. Deals like these are rare! Get ready to pounce before it goes extinct! Click here to purchase your Memphis Zoo Membership. Having trouble? Click here for a list of FAQs. Click here for a list of reasons why you should join the Memphis Zoo! Valid 12.1.14, 12:01 a.m.... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 1, 2000

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