Le Bonheur Zoo Boo is right around the corner, and we could not do it without our sponsors. From hayrides, magic shows and a spooky train ride, Le Bonheur Zoo Boo has everything your family needs for Halloween fun. Thank you Metro by T-Mobile, WMC Action News 5, Pepsi Beverage Company, Joseph C. DeWane, M.D. and Dorothy Orgill Kirsh for your support. #memzooboo
It's CROCtober and we're excited to celebrate our crocodilian friends! The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodile species in Africa and the second largest in the world. Africa's largest crocodilian can reach a maximum size of about 20 feet and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds. Average sizes, are around 16 feet and 500 pounds. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps. You can visit our four adult, Nile Crocodiles in Zambezi River Hippo Camp! #croctober #nilecrocodile #crocodilian #memphiszoo
Monday already?! Mwelu always cures our Monday blues! He is our male Western Lowland Gorilla and is 32 years old. Gorilla's are the largest of the great apes, but Western lowland gorillas are the smallest of the species. Adult males can weigh from 300-500 lbs, Mwelu weighs 400lbs. Gorillas are primarily herbivorous, meaning they eat plants, generally fruits and vegtables. Mwelu's favorite snacks are peanuts, romaine lettuce and sweet potatoes. You can find Mwelu and our 3 other female gorillas in Primate Canyon. #mondaymood #westernlowlandgorilla #memphiszoo
After an incredible week of discussions and meetings, my time at the Climate Alliance in Churchill is coming to an end. We not only talked about the effect that climate change is having on the polar bear population here in western Hudson Bay, but we were incredibly fortune enough to see some wild bears (and other animals) first hand. As hard as it is to say goodbye to my hardworking and passionate peers, we all can’t wait to get home and raise these same issues and discussions within our own community. Climate change is a global problem. Taking practical, common sense steps to address problems facing our environment today is in the best interest of future generations. When we burn fossil fuels for energy, we add more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This buildup acts like a blanket that traps heat around the world, which disrupts climate. Polar bears and their sea ice habitats are depending on us to make changes. Come visit me in Northwest Passage at a polar bear chat at the Memphis Zoo to learn more! @polarbearsinternational #saveourseaice #teach4climate #polarbearsinternational #frontiersnorth #polarbear #articfox #memphiszoo
Did someone say Friday?! Cochise and his siblings, Yukon and Else, are our Montana Grizzly Bears. Grizzly bears get their name from the silver tipped hairs they get as they get older, giving them a “grizzled” look. As you can see our grizzly bears’ coat colors range from light cream, blonde and brown. Grizzly bears are good swimmers and you can usually see ours in the water on a warm day or at our daily 1 p.m. Grizzly Feeding in Teton Trek. #fridayfeeling #grizzlybear #memphiszoo
Hello! Kim again! I am so inspired by my time here in Churchill at the Climate Alliance meetings. I am having so many great discussions with both the local community members and my fellow bear care professionals. We did a tour of Fort Churchill to learn about the history of the area and even got to see Beluga Whales! We also did a tour with the Polar Bear Alert Program at the Polar Bear Holding Facility. We finished with learning about the trapping culture in Churchill. We are all so passionate about saving sea ice habitats for future generations- of both polar bears and humans! Although this is a very serious topic, our group has so much good energy and is so empowering to be a part of. Did you know... Regular carbon dioxide is used and created by normal life processes, but rampant carbon dioxide comes from burning fossil fuels for energy. We need to reduce rampant carbon dioxide. In order to do that, we can rethink and reduce our use of fossil fuels. #saveourseaice #teach4climate #polarbearsinternational #frontiersnorth #churchill #memphiszoo @polarbearsinternational
Hello from Churchill! This is Kim Sanders, a Memphis Zoo Northwest Passage/Teton Trek keeper. We spent the first few days meeting up with the other members of the Climate Alliance program in Winnipeg. We spent a day touring the Assiniboine Park and Zoo and learning about how they rescue and raise orphaned cubs from the wild. A big goal of this program is to facilitate discussions between zookeepers all over the continent and to continue to provide the best care possible for our bears. We then hopped a quick, early morning flight north to Churchill, toured the town, and didn’t have to wait long before we started seeing wildlife. From spotting belugas, owls, hares, and, of course, bears, it was a really special day. Many of these animals are anxiously awaiting the change of season. Polar bears eat almost exclusively seals and rely upon sea ice to catch their meals. The body of water in the pictures is Hudson Bay, which will eventually freeze over and allow the bears access to seal habitat! Tune in this week for more of my Churchill adventures. #saveourseaice #teach4climate @polarbearsinternational
Happy October! This creepy crawly is already getting us into a spooky mood. Shimp is a Chaco Golden Knee tarantula. There are over 900 species of tarantulas and their size can range from a thumbnail to a dinner plate. Shimp's leg span size is 8 inches and he has itchy hairs he can drop to irritate the noses, mouths and eyes of predators. Visit Shimp in the Herpetarium so you can get ready for our seven nights of fright at Zoo Boo! #chacogoldenknee #tarantulasofinstagram #memzooboo #memphiszoo #zoo #october
Happy Caturday! Mikki is enjoying the rainy weather Memphis has been having. Ocelots in the wild are found in dense vegetative cover like tropical forests and marshes throughout South America, Central America and even southern Texas. Ocelots are extremely active at dawn or dusk and on rainy or cloudy days here at Memphis Zoo. Without thick vegetation for these cats to sleep in and hide during the day, Ocelots cannot survive. Deforestation and habitat loss are leaving these cats vulnerable to a decreasing population. Come visit and learn more about Mikki and Gordo at Cat Country. #ocelot #caturday #memphiszoo #catcountry #zoo #carnivora #felidae #nocturnal
We are happy to announce a new Southern Ground Hornbill female chick! Our newest baby, Rodanielle (named after the giant Pteranodon, "Rodan", a Godzilla arch enemy) was hatched June 30, 2018. Rodanielle's hatching is extremely exciting for Memphis Zoo. This is the first ever Southern Ground Hornbill hatched at Memphis Zoo! In the wild, these birds occupy large territories. Land destruction has led to the loss of their nesting habitat, causing these birds to be considered vulnerable. The hatching of Rodanielle plays an important part in conservation efforts for these birds and new genetics for the captive population within zoos. #chick #southerngroundhornbill #memphiszoo #memphis #conservation
Horses laid the groundwork for today’s agriculture. Before Horses were used to plow fields, oxen were used, but the horse worked much faster and they were more efficient than the ox. Horses are powerful, and could easily till the soil in preparation for planting. Come visit Hissan and Thunder at Harvest Fest this weekend and learn more about how horses were used during harvest season!
Shearing sheep helps to relieve some weight from the sheep, keeping them cool in the warmer months, but we also benefit from shearing sheep. Sheep’s wool can be used for many things including clothing, bedding, furniture, and even insulation for houses! Among the many benefits of wool you can find that it is naturally flame-resistant, non-carcinogenic, recyclable, and sustainable. And this weekend at Harvest Fest, you will actually be able to see the Covington High School FFA shear our sheep!
Goats were one of the first, if not the first, animals to be domesticated, and for a good reason! Goats have very nutritious milk, and it is actually the most popular milk worldwide, although we drink mostly cow’s milk here in the states. They are also great at clearing land because they are not-so-picky eaters, and their manure helps in land restoration. So, goats are a must-have for any farm! Come see our goats and welcome the harvest season with us THIS weekend, September 22 & 23, at Harvest Fest!