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Galapagos Tortoises Return to Memphis Zoo

Memphis Zoo is once again home to Galapagos tortoises. The three brothers, who came to Memphis Zoo by way of Oklahoma City Zoo, are currently on exhibit in the tortoise yards across from the Dragon’s Lair and the Herpetarium. “After a 30-year hiatus, Galapagos tortoises have returned to Memphis Zoo,” said Dr. Steve Reichling, area curator. “We’ve been without this iconic species until just recently, when these three young brothers joined us. We’re very excited to continue our work with this... Read More
Posted by Laura Doty at Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Record Breaking” François Langur Born at Memphis Zoo  

MEMPHIS, TENN. –      It’s a birth for the record books. “Ripley,” a male François langur, was born to mom, “Tanah,” and dad, “Jay Jay,” on April 12, 2017. All three members are currently on exhibit, along with sisters “Raven,” “Rook” and “Jean Grey.” Tanah is the oldest langur to give birth, according to the François langur Species Survival Plan (SSP), the leading... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Things You Didn't Know About Sloths

As you probably know, Memphis Zoo recently welcomed a new baby sloth to its ever-growing family! Parents "Marilyn" and "Sparky" welcomed a new Linné two-toed sloth, Baby “Lua.” Like her parents, Baby Lua is full of wonder, and we know five reasons why! 1. Descendent of a Superorder More than 60 million years ago, the sloth’s superorder ancestor, Xenarthra , first inhabited the earth as a group of placental mammals. Today, they can only be... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two Warthogs Born at Memphis Zoo

It's a warty face that everyone can love. “Daphne,” a five-year-old female warthog gave birth to two piglets, “Abraham” and “Sarah” on Sunday, April 30. Mother and piglets are doing well, and are currently on exhibit. Daphne came to the Memphis Zoo in 2014. “Samson,” the father of the piglets, is the same age as Daphne. The boar, or male, arrived in 2016. This arrival of Abraham and Sarah is their first litter together. “At... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 5, 2017

Memphis Zoo Welcomes Unique New Species

The white-bellied tree pangolin is the latest new species that can now call Memphis Zoo home. Found in West Africa and hunted for their scales and meat, this unique species has recently been reclassified as “endangered” by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  Memphis Zoo is partnering with five other U.S. zoos and the Pangolin Conservation organization to activate a conservation plan and secure the future of pangolins around the world. ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, May 22, 2017