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Boy, Oh Boy! Memphis Zoo Announces Birth of Baby Giraffe  

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Oh boy! The Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a baby boy giraffe, “Bogey.” Bogey was born on Monday, April 3 at noon, while mother “Akili” was on exhibit. The infant was named in honor of Steve Bogardy, a long-time Memphis zookeeper, who recently passed away. Akili did not provide appropriate maternal behavior, so the Zoo’s animal caretakers have stepped in to hand-rear the infant. This is not unusual,... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 10, 2017

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