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The Memphis Zoo has been one of the city's most popular attractions since its beginnings in 1906. With over 3,500 animals housed on its 70 acres, the Zoo offers hours of entertainment and education for kids and adults alike.

Fascinating Facts:

  • The Memphis Zoo's first resident was a black bear named Natch, a retired baseball mascot.
  • The Memphis Zoo was home to the world’s longest living hippopotamus, "Adonis," who died in 1965 at the age of 54. The male hippo sired approximately 25 offspring in his lifetime giving the Zoo claim to being the "hippo capital of the world."
  • The famous lion roar heard at the beginning of classic MGM movies was recorded in the old Carnivora Building at the Memphis Zoo. The lion, known as "Volney" to his keepers, died in 1944.

Location:

The Memphis Zoo is located in Overton Park in Midtown Memphis. The Zoo's address is:
2000 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112
Galloway Avenue is off of McLean Boulevard, just south of North Parkway.

Prices and Fees:

Admission to The Memphis Zoo now includes all exhibits and is as follows:
Adults (12-59) - $15.00
Children (2-11) - $10.00
Seniors (60+) - $14.00
Children under 2 years - Free

Parking - $5.00

Hours:

The Zoo is open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
March through October Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November through February Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Last admission is one hour before closing.

Exhibits - The Central Zone:

The Central Zone at The Memphis Zoo includes the following exhibits:
  • Animals of the Night - One of the nation's few nocturnal exhibits, featuring bats, porcupines, aardvarks, and other day sleepers.
  • Cat Country - A three acre open air exhibit that houses lions, tigers, panthers, and other "big" cats.
  • China - This exhibit is home not only to Giant Pandas, but also to other Asian animals such as cranes and magpies.
  • Primate Canyon - An outdoor exhibit featuring gorillas, orangutans, and monkeys.

Exhibits - The East Zone:

The East Zone at The Memphis Zoo includes the following exhibits:
  • African Veldt - An outdoor exhibit with large mammals such as elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
  • Northwest Passage - The Northwest Passage has an underwater viewing building, a sea lion observation bubble, and also features polar bears and bald eagles.
  • Teton Trek - Grizzlies are the kings (and queens) of rock and roar at the Zoo's new Teton Trek exhibit, joined by elk and timber wolves as they represent the animals of Yellowstone's ecosystem. The exhibit features a lodge, a 20-ft waterfall, a 30-ft geyser, and a fishing pond for the grizzlies.

Exhibits - The West Zone:

The West Zone at The Memphis Zoo includes the following exhibits:
  • Aquarium - The indoor aquarium houses both fresh and salt water fish, as well as other sea wildlife.
  • Herpetarium - Commonly referred to as the "Snake House," the herpetarium also houses alligators, lizards, and frogs.
  • Once Upon a Farm - An indoor and outdoor exhibit featuring farm animals such as horses, cows, donkeys, and prairie dogs.
  • Komodo Dragons - An indoor and outdoor exhibit which is home to the Zoo's three giant lizards.

Special Events:

The Zoo hosts a number of seasonal events each year including:
  • Zoo Rendezvous - A members only annual fundraiser
  • Zoo Boo - The Zoo's annual Halloween event
  • Zoo Snooze - Sleepovers at the Zoo
  • Zoo Lights - The Zoo's holiday event with evening hours to tour the Zoo aglow in Christmas lights
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