American white pelicans have a distinctive beak that acts as an expandable net to scoop fish up. The lower mandible of the jaw is very flexible, allowing the throat pouch to hold more than two gallons of water. Contrary to popular belief, pelicans do not actually carry fish in their pouch.
About the Memphis Zoo pelicans
The Memphis Zoo has 4 pelicans. Their names are: “Radar,” “Klinger,” “Henry,” and “Honnicutt.” The pelican pool is the former sea lion pool, before Northwest Passage was constructed. The Memphis Zoo has had pelicans in our collection since 2003.