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Behind-the-Scenes: Croc Feedings

The latest exhibit to open at the Memphis Zoo, Zambezi River Hippo Camp , is home to four Nile crocodiles —three females and one male. If you’re thinking these animals are like your regular ’ol crocodiles or alligators, think again! Nile crocs can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 1,600 pounds. That’s nearly 1,000 pounds more than your average alligator! Aside from their massive size, the way they eat is unique as well. In the wild, Nile crocs are capable of... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 6, 2017

It’s a Girl! Memphis Zoo Announces Birth of Baby Hippo

Update: Her name is Winnie! MEMPHIS, TENN. –     It’s a girl! A big bundle of joy has joined the Memphis Zoo family. “Binti,” a Nile hippopotamus, gave birth to a healthy, 76-pound baby girl on March 23, 2017. The baby hippo, whose name is not yet decided, will be make her debut on exhibit Friday, April 7 at 8 a.m. The Memphis Zoo is asking for help naming the infant – a naming contest will be held on the Memphis Zoo’s website .... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What is "Animals In Action" Day?

By Sarah Doherty, CHINA Keeper Animals in Action. What does that mean at the Memphis Zoo? It means keeping our animals mentally and physically active through enrichment, training, and animal interactions. Enrichment comes in many forms. For instance cats love scents; pandas like cardboard boxes that hide their favorite treats; and some primates like to create nests with wood wool. Keepers give animals enrichment to help elicit natural behaviors such as foraging, hunting,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, March 24, 2017

The Memphis Zoo Welcomes Three New Sea Lions

Catalina When you visit the Memphis Zoo this spring, you might notice three new faces at Northwest Passage. We’re proud to announce the addition of three juvenile female sea lions! “Remy,” “Catalina” and “Buttercup” join the Memphis Zoo’s collection. The three girls, who were all born at SeaWorld San Antonio, arrived at the Memphis Zoo in June 2016. They remained off-exhibit while they adjusted to their new home, exhibit-mates and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Trip To Cat Country

A Trip to Cat Country   Getting ready for a visit to the Memphis Zoo? If your crew is fascinated by the massive creatures that could be kin to your family pet, Cat Country is a good place to start your journey. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect! African lions African lions are known for their exceptional roar that can be heard from up to five miles away—whoa! The Zoo is home to a mini-pride made up of two sisters, “Akeelah” and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, February 27, 2017

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