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Hours of Admission

Last admission one hour prior to Zoo closing.

March 3 - October 14 (summer hours)

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 15 - March 2* (winter hours)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*The Zoo is closed during the day on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Zoo will re-open on Thanksgiving night and Christmas night at 5:30 p.m. for SunTrust Zoo Lights.


Accessibility Guide

Click here for the 2018 Accessibility Guide.


Admission Capacity Information

The Memphis Zoo has a capacity of 10,000 people in the facility at one time. Please check this page on the day of your visit for announcements regarding capacity.

Worried about capacity when planning your trip? - The Zoo has reached capacity attendance levels only once during the last twelve months, and it was on our popular Free Tuesday program. The Zoo will forecast exceptionally busy days in this section to let you prepare in the event that we reach capacity.


Parking Information

In order to better accommodate our guests and parking on busy weekends, Memphis Zoo will open a Pedestrian Gate on North Parkway on Saturdays and Sundays between March 3 –June 15 from 10 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Free parking is available along both sides of North Parkway between N. McLean Blvd and University Street.

Should there be inclement weather and parking is not an issue, this gate may not be open.


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Zoo Gift Shops

The Zoo has four gift shops - the Elephant's Trunk, Bamboo Shop, the gift shop at Stingray Bay and Trading Post. We offer unique gifts for all ages including toys, plush, apparel, jewelry, art and decorative items. The Elephant's Trunk Zoo Shop is conveniently located just inside the main entrance of the Zoo and paid admission is not required to visit.

The Bamboo Shop is located at the end of CHINA, our giant panda exhibit. You will find pandas galore and gifts from China with that special Asian flare.

At the entrance to our Northwest Passage exhibit lies the Trading Post featuring bear, wolf, sea lion and other Alaskan animal-related gifts for all ages. You will also find that the art and iconic symbols of the Northwest tribes add to the character of this shop.

The gift shops are owned and operated by the Memphis Zoological Society. All proceeds from the sales support the operating budget of the Zoo.

Gift shops are open during Zoo operating hours. You can call the Elephant's Trunk Zoo Shop directly at 901.333.6776.