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Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo

Updated on April 28, 2015
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Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Teton Trek

I absolutely love zoos! My all time favorite zoo is in Memphis, TN. They have been improving and adding new addtiions to the Memphis Zoo for years. Every time I go, it is like a new adventure.

Their most recent addition, called Teton Trek, opened Oct. 2, 2009. I am thrilled to say that for my birthday my husband took me to Memphis the very first week it was open. It is stunning! The Memphis Zoo has really outdone itself with this gorgeous exhibit. Not only is the lodge beautiful, but the Grizzly Bear and the Grey Wolves are delightful and mesmerizing. .



I wish they had rooms in the lodge to rent. I would move in today!



Calling all Zoo Lovers

Grey Wolf Howling, Canis Lupus   By: D. Robert Franz
Grey Wolf Howling, Canis Lupus By: D. Robert Franz | Source
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

The Teton Trek Lodge

Early on this beautiful, glorious day, I donned my new black Keds tennis shoes, jeans and blouse that my daughter gave me for my birthday, grabbed my new camera which was a birthday gift from my son, snatched my sunglasses and jumped in the car for our new zoo adventure.

Let me tell you, this place is breathtaking! The entrance to Teton Trek is through this huge lodge. The entire area is surrounded by magnificent trees and there is a water fountain in front of the lodge were several people were wading.

This is the perfect setting for Grizzly Bears and Grey Wolves. I was so excited to see the animals, that I practically ran through the lodge when we first got there, but I did go back in hours later and explore. The picture on the right is actually the last picture I took that day at Teton Trek.

Even now, I find myself wanting to skip over writing about the gorgeous lodge and get right to the babies on exhibit, but I will try to contain myself long enough to describe the inside of the lodge.

It is a two level structure with second level decks on both the front and the back of the building where chairs have been placed so you can sit and watch the animals from afar. There were a lot of Moms with their small children on the deck facing the Bear exhibit. I didn't blame them. It is a nice, shaded area out of harms way where they can rest and watch both the children and the animals at the same time.

Downstairs, there are tables and chairs sitting around the vast, open area. This would make a great meeting room or party area. There are also indoor restrooms in this lodge. A necessity when you spend the whole day hangin' with the Grizzly Bear.

Teton Trek Waterfall
Teton Trek Waterfall | Source

Grizzly Bear Habitat in the Teton Trek

WOW!!!

Step outside the lodge and the first thing you see is an expansive enclosure with a beautiful waterfall. The entire area has been designed to replicate a wilderness most of us would not traverse without a ton of provisions.


The Teton Trek Waterfall ~ Photo by Sylvestermouse

The Teton Trek Waterfall ~ Photo by Sylvestermouse
The Teton Trek Waterfall ~ Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

The Teton Trek Path

The entire Bear exhibit area is surrounded by a paved walking path. On the outer side of the path, are additional animal exhibits. Since we were there the first week, some of the animals, like the elk, had not arrived so their new homes set empty ready and waiting for their future inhabitants.

The Trumpeter Swan and the Crane were already in residence by their pond. There were also a few ducks and a lot of area birds filled the trees.

Teton Trek Walkway

Teton Trek Walkway
Teton Trek Walkway
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Grey Wolves in the Teton Trek

I have always loved wolves. They have such an intelligent look and they often seem to be trying to communicate something. The Grey Wolves at the Memphis Zoo appeared to be like playful dogs. One was busy tearing up the new square of sod while two others were busy fighting over a stick. But I was not fooled. They knew we were there. Take a look at my pictures and tell me they weren't posing for the camera.


Oh, So Playful Wolves

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Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolves ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolves ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolves ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolves ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolves ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolves ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf ~  Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Gray Wolf ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source
Gray Wolf by Sylvestermouse
Gray Wolf by Sylvestermouse | Source
Baby Grizzly Bear ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Baby Grizzly Bear ~ Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Grizzly Bear in the Teton Trek

These are the little guys I had to see and they were definitely worth the trip!

There are currently three babies in Teton Trek. They are absolutely adorable. I know that even the babies would be dangerous up close, but I find them captivating. When we first arrived, they were sleeping so we waited. When they woke up, they were ready to play. They run back and forth across the enclosure.

They chased each other. They swam. They slapped, splashed, snorted and roared their way into the hearts of everyone present. We were all completely enraptured with their every move.

Who Said Let Sleeping Bears Lie

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Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bears  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source

One Sad Thing

This was such an excellent day! Very little could have rained on my birthday trip parade.

However, when we got back home and I had a chance to upload the hours of video that I took of those precious grizzly bear babies, I made a sickening discovery: my brand new video camera records when the light is red. I thought is was recording when the light was green, thus all I video taped were my feet walking on the pretty walkway.

Dang, I guess this means we just have to load up the car and go back to Memphis to video record those grizzlies before they grow up;-)

One good thing I discovered: My video camera makes great still shots.

These Bears Act Like Wild Animals

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Baby Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Baby Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source

Oh, The Games Bears Play

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Hide & Seek Grizzly Bear  Photo by SylvestermouseYou Can't Find Me Grizzly Bear  Photo by SylvestermouseCooling Off Grizzly Bears Photo by SylvestermouseA Game of Grizzly Bear Chase  Photo by SylvestermouseGrizzly Bear Swimming Party Photo by Sylvestermouse
Hide & Seek Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
Hide & Seek Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
You Can't Find Me Grizzly Bear  Photo by Sylvestermouse
You Can't Find Me Grizzly Bear Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Cooling Off Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse
Cooling Off Grizzly Bears Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
A Game of Grizzly Bear Chase  Photo by Sylvestermouse
A Game of Grizzly Bear Chase Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear Swimming Party Photo by Sylvestermouse
Grizzly Bear Swimming Party Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source
Grizzly Bear Grabbing Tree, North America Photographic PrintWiley/wales, Amy...
Grizzly Bear Grabbing Tree, North America Photographic PrintWiley/wales, Amy... | Source

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~ Sylvestermouse ~



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Don't You Want to go to The Memphis Zoo for your Birthday?

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    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      My goodness, this is such a cute lens.

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      The wolves pictures are amazing. Such a wonderful creature.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      These pictures are so adorable! I love both the grizzly and the wolf. The wolf is very close to my heart, as you know :) I'm so glad I stumbled across this lens. I don't know how I missed it! So when the light is red it means "go"? Hmmm... was this camera made in the southern hemisphere? ;)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes, this one definitely deserves to win the Animals and Nature prize! Definitely makes me want to go to the Memphis Zoo!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Congrats on this Teton Trek lens being the top animals and Nature (giant 100 club). Well deserved. I have only been to the Memphis Zoo once and I was told off for breast feeding in public.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes I do want to go to the Memphis Zoo on my birthday after reading this wonderful lens!

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This zoo looks wonderful! Lensrolled to Taronga Zoo

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. This looks like a very good zoo.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love zoos too. I grew up going to Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo in CA, also Sea World which is not a zoo but i love dolphins and whales

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful lens. 5* and blessed. BTW have you seen the St. Louis Zoo yet...if not you may need to take a road trip to St. Louis...it's pretty spectacular!!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great, I love it! Pity your video camera didn't record (haven't we all done that!) - but sure you can go back and enjoy those funny bears all over again!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens and a beautiful zoo, too! Your pictures are fabulous! Blessed.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      The Memphis Zoo looks great! Beautiful pics! That's too bad about the video . . . but a good reason to go back! Happy birthday, by the way!

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful zoo! Love that you included so many photos.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great lens! You might like the San Antonio zoo and the San Diego zoo too. I have been to the Memphis zoo and I like the San Diego Zoo the best of the 3 but they are all nice.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Wow! The Memphis Zoo is very nice. What a great birthday. I love your photos.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful lens about the Memphis Zoo and that was sure a great gift from your hubby. Oh me, I sure hate that your videos didn't take. I have done the same thing and yes, that just means a return trip. Super lens and I am proud to give you an Angel Blessing!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I would love to visit this zoo one day! Thanks for the tour!

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      theherbivorehip 7 years ago

      I may be against zoos but this sure is a BEAUTIFUL lens! These pictures are gorgeous and this deinately looks like a much nicer and more cared for zoo than most of those in the 'bigger' cities. Very well done!