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Feb. 5, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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  • 1:00 PM Bear feeding
  • 1:30 PM Giraffe Keeper Chat
  • 1:30 PM Cat Country Chat
Daily Schedule
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  • 9:00 AM Gates Open
  • 5:00 PM Last Entry
  • 5:30 PM Gates Close
African Veldt
  • 10:00 AM Giraffe Feeding Adventure (Seasonal, March-October)
  • 1:30 PM Giraffe Keeper Chat
  • 2:00 PM Rhino Keeper Chat
  • 2:30 PM Elephant Feeding & Chat
Animals of the Night
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  • 3:00 PM Aquarium Keeper Chat
Cat Country
  • 1:30 PM Cat Country Chat
  • 11:00 AM Panda Keeper Chat
Dragon's Lair
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  • 10:00 AM Reptile Chat
Northwest Passage
  • 11:00 AM Sea Lion Show
  • 2:00 PM Polar Bear Chat
  • 3:00 PM Sea Lion Show
Once Upon a Farm
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Pelican Pool
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Penguin Rock
  • 3:00 PM Penguin Feeding
Primate Canyon
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Teton Trek
  • 1:00 PM Bear feeding
Tropical Bird House
  • 2:00 PM Tropical Bird Feeding
Zambezi River Hippo Camp
  • 10:30 AM Hippo Chat
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Penguin Rock



African black-footed penguin Spheniscus demersus

The African black-footed penguin is one of the 17 species of penguins found in the world. Of the 17, only seven are “cold weather” species. The African black-footed penguin is considered a “warm weather” penguin. If it’s below 40º, there’s a good chance our little guys and gals are inside, enjoying their toasty indoor quarters.

About the Memphis Zoo penguins

The Memphis Zoo is home to 22 penguins. No two penguins are exactly alike, but they are so similar, their keepers need to place colored bands on their flippers to tell them apart. Females have bands on their left wing, while males have bands on their right wing. The different colored beads on the bands let our keepers know exactly who is who. Our oldest penguin is 20 years old. He was hatched on January 16th, 2000. Incidentally, the Memphis Zoo has had penguins in our collection since 1987.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

“Genevieve,” a female penguin with a solid purple band, has grey eyes. This is highly unusual for penguins, whose eyes normally turn to brown when they mature into adulthood. She has passed her grey eye trait to her offspring.

Quick Facts

Penguins are an excellent example of countershading. If a predator is in the sky, the black of a penguin’s back might confuse them into thinking they are looking at the dark water. The white of the penguin’s belly might confuse a predator into thinking they’re looking at the white of the sky.

Quick Facts

All black-footed penguins born here at the Memphis Zoo are hand-raised by the keepers beginning at 2-3 weeks of age.

Quick Facts

Black-footed penguins are the species most often displayed in North American zoos and aquariums.