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Do you compost?

At the Zoo, we collect our leaves, some plant material, herbivore animal waste and put it in a huge pile to “cook.” We have been adding it to our beds beginning with the annual change outs. As we work our way through our beds, putting our plants to rest for the winter, we are adding a thin 1” layer to the top of our beds. This layer will break down over the winter adding nutrients, bringing decomposers to the beds, and improving our soil. This last factor is the main reason we are beginning... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Memphis Zoo Keeper Travels to Canada to See Wild Polar Bears

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Gail Karr, Memphis Zoo Assistant Curator of Mammals, will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, October 6-13 for a week-long Keeper Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group. The Memphis Zoo selected Karr based on her past outreach and community involvement. She joins 10 other zoo and aquarium professionals from across the United States and Canada. "Zoo keepers have the ability to reach... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bat-faced Cuphea

Bat-faced Cuphea is a great hummingbird plant. In the Memphis area, you can plant Cuphea llavea as an annual. The long tubular flower has two red bat-like ears. The plant will grow 12 to 18 inches tall and about two feet wide. It can tolerate full sun to light shade. Talk about a bloomer. This plant blooms from April to October. It works great in sunny beds or in your containers. You will find we planted them at Once Upon a Farm to lure the Hummingbirds to the feeders.   Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Memphis Zoo Wins Major Award for International Conservation

Silver Spring, Maryland (9.21.12) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Memphis Zoo has been awarded Top Honors for the 2012 AZA International Conservation Award for its Scientific Approaches to Conservation of Giant Pandas and Their Habitat program. “The Memphis Zoo is a proven leader in international wildlife conservation,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “While all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums make conservation a top priority, this award brings... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, September 21, 2012

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