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The Memphis Zoo

Updated on October 23, 2014
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Red Panda | Source

A Zoo You Must See

The Memphis Zoo is definitely worth the drive! No matter where we go on vacation, we always take a day to visit that cities zoo.

From Florida to Hawaii we have visited zoos across the U.S. By far, my favorite zoo is in Memphis, TN. The city of Memphis may be home of the Blues, Beale Street, Elvis, Graceland, Sun Studios and the Mississippi River Bluffs, but I would add the Memphis Zoo to their list of places you must see when you visit. As a matter of fact, if you ask me, it should be at the top of the list!

If you find yourself traveling through Mississippi, Arkansas or Tennessee,

I would highly recommend a side trip to Memphis for a day at the zoo.

Memphis Zoo Entrance Photo
Memphis Zoo Entrance Photo | Source

Entrance to the Memphis Zoo

Before you even buy your ticket and enter the zoo, you are greeted by Egyptian style architecture which is in and of itself a vision. There are large concrete animals in rows out front where we saw parents taking pictures of their children proudly "riding" the animals.

This is your first indication of the adventure that awaits you inside the gates of the Memphis Zoo.

Entrance of the Memphis Zoo at Christmas

Tigers in Cat Country at the Memphis Zoo

Tigers in Cat Country at the Memphis Zoo
Tigers in Cat Country at the Memphis Zoo | Source
White Tiger
White Tiger | Source

Cat Country at the Memphis Zoo

This is one of the areas that make the Memphis Zoo spectacular. These gorgeous cats are not behind bars. They are in open fields created to mimic their natural habitat. Believe me; they can definitely make you feel like you are the prey in an African savannah.

Cat Country is the home of some of the most beautiful specimen of big cats. In addition to tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and jaguar, this is also the area for a red panda, a gorgeous lynx and a family of meerkats; my daughter's personal favorite.

If you want to go on an African Safari for a reasonable price, this is the place for you!

Meerkats in the Memphis Zoo

Meerkats in the Memphis Zoo
Meerkats in the Memphis Zoo | Source
Cacomistle at the Memphis Zoo
Cacomistle at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Animals of the Night at the Memphis Zoo

This is where I first fell in love with a vampire. Step aside "Twilight", the bat was here first!

There are so many wonderful creatures in this house. This exhibit is full of nocturnal animals. I doubt we even saw them all. In addition to the bats, they have an Aardvark, a Mole Rat, a few Porcupine, several different species of Loris, a Sloth, a Wombat, a Cuscus and a lot of other night time beauties. I have never seen a better nocturnal exhibit anywhere.

Komodo Dragon
Komodo Dragon | Source

The Komodo Dragon at the Memphis Zoo

This dude is huge! He made me feel like I was on exhibit for him instead of the reverse. While the Komodo Dragon is not normally dangerous to humans, it was obvious to me that he eats mammals. Ironically, I was not the least bit intimidated by any of the big cats or the bears, but this guy scared the dickens out of me.

But don't worry, he has a gigantic fan club. I'm just not a member.

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Tropical Bird House at the Memphis Zoo

This is another house where we could spend hours. So many beautiful birds and so little time. The colors on these birds are so bright & vivid. Seeing them up close truly is better than seeing them through binoculars. In spite of the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them up close, I honestly had the desire to set them all free, but logically I know that they are healthy and well cared for by their keepers at the Memphis Zoo.

While there are lots of gorgeous birds behind glass enclosures for one to view up close, the fabulous attraction in this house is the vast open room with trees and water literally filled with birds. The sounds and sights in this area are breathtaking.

This really is a birdwatchers fantasy come true!

Nicobar Pigeon (Do you see the little Yellow Headed Blackbird in the background left?)

Nicobar Pigeon (Do you see the little Yellow Headed Blackbird in the background left?)
Nicobar Pigeon (Do you see the little Yellow Headed Blackbird in the background left?) | Source
Hippos at the Memphis Zoo
Hippos at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Hippos at the Memphis Zoo

Hippos can be viewed daily at the Memphis Zoo. Currently the Hippos await their new home, "Zambezi River Hippo Camp" which will also feature other animals found near the Zambezi River such as the Nile Crocodile and Okapi.

Memphis Zoo guests will then be able to enjoy seeing hippos both on land and below water, similar to the type of viewing in the Northwest Passage exhibit.

Did you know that Hippos are the deadliest animals in Africa?

Zambezi River Hippo Camp Coming Soon!

Turtles at the Memphis Zoo
Turtles at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Aquarium at the Memphis Zoo

This is another building one could explore for hours. The Aquarium is home to 156 species of marine and freshwater organisms from around the world.

The Memphis Zoo currently breeds and exhibits two species of cichlid that are extinct in the wild.

If fish, turtles, or aquatic wildlife are your passion, this is the place to be!

via Wikimedia Commons
via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Herpetarium at the Memphis Zoo

If I ever lost my son at the zoo, the Herpetarium is where I could find him. This building is literally packed with frogs, spiders, snakes, lizards and small alligators.

While there are plenty of faces crowding around the snakes, I am glad to say that we crowd around the frogs. The colors on frogs are so bright and vivid. It is hard to choose, but I think our favorite would be the Poison Dart Frog.

However, the Memphis Zoo is reknowned for being the first zoo to successfully breed the endangerd Mississippi Gopher Frog (pictured). The Memphis Zoo has produced 93 Mississippi gopher tadpoles, a number nearly matching the 100 frogs still living in the wild.

Poison Dart Frog at the Memphis Zoo

Poison Dart Frog at the Memphis Zoo
Poison Dart Frog at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Penguin Rock, Round Barn & Once Upon a Farm

These are a few areas that little children especially enjoy. My daughter would never allow us to visit a zoo without locating the penquin. She adores the little "tuxedo" babies and believe me, there are plenty of penquin on Penquin Rock.

Round Barn is an exhibit of smaller exotic hoofstock and birds. It is the home of the gazelles and warthog.

Once Upon a Time is an exhibit where visitors can learn about the basics of farm life. This area is built to resemble a farm in the 1900's. They even have a working well that pumps up fresh water and everyone can enjoy a ride an old-fashioned train around the exhibit.

China Exhibit at the Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo has built a big, beautiful home for the Giant Panda Bears. As you enter through the gates of the China exhibit, you follow a path that leads to Ya Ya and Le Le, but long before you get to them, there are huge ponds of fish, a variety of birds, ducks and several other species native to China. There is even a little Otter. No question the Panda's are fantastic, but the other animals in this "house" are fascinating as well.

Panda at the Memphis Zoo

Panda at the Memphis Zoo
Panda at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Denizens of the Deep South

This is a small exhibit that has above ground and underground viewing of an Alligator named Beta.

Concrete steps lead down to underwater viewing of Beta, an Alligator Gar & even a Largemouth Bass.

via Wikimedia
via Wikimedia | Source

Primate Canyon at the Memphis Zoo

Primate Canyon is another area that features naturalistic, outdoor exhibits. This large open area is home for a variety of monkeys and apes. Monkeys, Orangutans and Gorillas abound in this exhibit.

Primate Canyon is in the center of the zoo. As a result of its location, you call hear the monkeys howling through out the park. It opened in 1995 and has been a top favorite of Zoo visitors ever since.


Butterfly Garden

This extraordinary Butterfly Garden is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is absolutely filled with gorgeous flowers graced by lovely butterflies. Some were so exquisite that they didn't even look real, but they were definitely alive.

Not only did we see hundreds of butterflies, but my son found a Luna Moth. Because a Luna Moth has such a short life, it is rare to sight one. Clearly, seeing the Luna Moth was the highlight of our visit to the Memphis Zoo.

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden
baby giraffe
baby giraffe | Source

African Veldt and Hippos at the Memphis Zoo

The African Veldt is an area dedicated to Giraffes, Rhinos, Zebras, & Elephants.

We were there at just the right time to see the whole Giraffe family. Mother, father & baby giraffe all came out to eat while we were standing in front of their enclosure. While the baby may not be little next to one of us, she was absolutely dwarfed by her parents.

This is also where the ostrich and the antelope play. Okay, I admit it, this is the point where I showed my ignorance at the zoo. I honestly thought the little Dik-dik was a deer and started singing "home, home on the range."

Oh, well, at least Memphians are accustomed to various styles of musical talent and my family learned decades ago to either laugh with me or to ignore me.

White-Naped Crane
White-Naped Crane | Source

World of Waterfowl

This area is a more peaceful area than the rest of the zoo. It is aptly named because there are indeed a world of waterfowl!

There are two bridges to walk across and watch beautiful Swans,

Pink Flamingos or a variety of geese and ducks swimming or view a Crane just standing around.

The area around the waterfowl lake is lovely too. It would make a great background spot for photos.

I have often imagined a wedding party enjoying this wonderful opportunity for outstanding and original pictures. Or, perhaps, an anniversary party :)

The picture of the White-Naped Crane is from my own personal photo album. I was thrilled to be able to snap this shot!

Black Bear at the Memphis Zoo
Black Bear at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Northwest Passage at the Memphis Zoo

Another one of my favorite exhibits at the Memphis Zoo is the Northwest Passage. In this exhibit there is an air conditioned, indoor viewing area where you can watch the Polar Bears swim. There are even a few stadium benches for you to sit and rest a while.

The Polar Bears are beautiful. Who would ever imagine such a large bear could be so graceful when it swims? These giant animals seem so playful and cuddly when you have a thick piece of Plexiglas between you and them. What a magnificent way to enjoy the company of bears.

Northwest Passage is also the home for the sea lion observation bubble and a 500-seat amphitheater for daily sea lion shows.

Outside the viewing area, are the Bald Eagles and the Ravens. Both of my children "talked" to the Ravens and they answered. They are beautiful, majestic birds with attitude.

This is also the area of the Black Bear. I loved this beautiful, big pawed, pacing baby! I would swear he was waving to me every time he lifted his big paw to turn around.

You Knew I Would Show You The Polar Bear Viewing Area ~ He's almost close enough to touch!

You Knew I Would Show You The Polar Bear Viewing Area ~ He's almost close enough to touch!
You Knew I Would Show You The Polar Bear Viewing Area ~ He's almost close enough to touch! | Source
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo
Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo

Home of the real Memphis Grizzly!

In February, 2008, the Memphis Zoo began construction of the zoo's gorgeous Teton Trek exhibit. The four-acre Teton Trek exhibit is now home for animals native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem such as Grizzly Bears, Elk, Gray Wolves, Trumpeter Swans and Sandhill Crane.

I was among the guests at the Teton Trek in the Memphis Zoo the very first week it opened. Let me tell you, it is the most beautiful zoo exhibit I have ever seen, arguably the most beautiful in the world!

The entrance to the Teton Trek lodge is not only inviting, it is charming with a rustic appeal befitting it's occupants. A lovely 25 foot geyser greets visitors and even allows children, or adults, to cool off in it's spray and surrounding pool.

The Great Lodge, itself, is a two-story, 5000 sq. foot multi-purpose building suited for a gathering or dinner party and features a fabulous large fireplace. A spacious upper mezzanine provides a photo and artifact area the leads to a outside deck for animal viewing at a safe distance.

For the truly adventurous, you are free to walk around the actual grounds, It is extremely safe, so fear not! Don't miss the opportunity to walk through the entire park.

Grizzly Bear at the Memphis Zoo

Grizzly Bear at the Memphis Zoo
Grizzly Bear at the Memphis Zoo | Source

Coming Soon to the Memphis Zoo ~ Zambezi River Hippo Camp

The Memphis Zoo is always improving, constantly working to make a better environment for the animals and a more pleasing visit for guests.

Zambezi River Hippo Camp will be designed to mimic a traditional Zambezi fishing village. Hippos and Nile crocodiles will be seen from the river’s edge as well as from an underwater viewing perspective. Flamingos will gather in mud flats, and two species new to the Zoo, Okapi giraffe and Mandrill baboons, will inhabit a forest along the river.

The Memphis Zoo is close to beginning construction on the $18.3 million project. They are presently completing construction documents. Construction of Zambezi River Hippo Camp will begin in October 2013 with an opening date of March 2015.

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Wouldn't You Like To Go To The Memphis Zoo? - I know I want to go back!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      20 months ago

      Memphis zoo certainly seems to be a great place from the pictures. Your wonderful narrative makes it doubly so!

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow!! I scrolled through this just to see the photos again and again! Zoos are always fun to visit.....educational too. It's one of those places that an entire family can enjoy! Nice Hub. Thanks for the info. Paula

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      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What fantastic photos! I've always wanted to go to Memphis and if I ever do I will definitely go to the Memphis Zoo!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This is going on my bucket list. I love the San Diego Zoo, but this one may even be better. I love the natural settings. At most zoos, the nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are usually hiding out of sight somewhere in the daytime. That is always disappointing not to be able to see them.

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      2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The Memphis Zoo looks like a WONDERFUL zoo to visit. Today would be a good day to go -- it's 'Visit a Zoo' Day! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't think I have ever seen that poison frog. Looks like this zoo has many to show.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      I think I've visited this article before, but was so intrigued, I came back for more. I love seeing zoos that have nice habitats for their animal guests.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'd love to visit the Memphis Zoo. I haven't been to a really large zoo in years.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I haven't been to the zoo in soooo long! I'll have to remember that it's always an option for a day out - although it's at the other end of the city for us - Love the Meercats :)

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      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Zoos are such fun and the Memphis Zoo looks like a very special place. I hope to get there some day. Last zoo I visited was the St. Louis Zoo 3 years ago when my grandsons were visiting me. Of course it was fun, but that day in July was 100+ degrees, so it was a very 'warm' day. We 'visited' the penguin house (very cool) several times that day .... LOL.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Of course. We like to visit the local zoo wherever we travel. Sorry we missed this when we were there. I'm surprised to see they have a Panda. The most unusual zoo we've visited was in London.

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      5 years ago

      We make a point of visiting all zoos near places we visit. The only time I visited the Memphis Zoo was in 2008, and I was a bit disappointed in the accommodations the animals had. I hope much of it has improved since then, and you seem to indicate that it has. I prefer the Nashville or Knoxville Zoos, but that may be because we have visited them more. I enjoyed your lens and will try make a point to visit again next time I'm in the area!

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      5 years ago

      We enjoy visiting zoos in different cities too! The last time we were in Memphis we concentrated on the downtown area sites. Next time we will have to check out the zoo. Thanks for the virtual tour and your excellent photos.

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      6 years ago

      Memphis Zoo looks great, really good photos. If you are ever in Sydney Taronga Park Zoo is really good too.

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      6 years ago

      Always in two minds about zoos. Great for kids but not so great for the animals as they almost always look bored. Great lens

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      6 years ago

      I absolutely love zoos and your photos here take me to them. I am pleased you started off with the red panda - I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out about it about 10 years ago as I thought the giant panda was the only one about. (By the way - the panda name comes from the chinese "bamboo eater).

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      6 years ago

      You did awesome photos of the Zoo! I've never been to a Zoo in my life. Well, I've been to small animal parks, one was just full of birds, the second had birds and other animals too. The national zoo is in Lisbon, 2 hours and a half drive car from were I live. My nephew visited it last weekend and he also made lots of photos. But yours are better!LOL! I would like to visit Memphis, and the zoo!! In fact I would love to visit USA, I've travelled only in Europe so far...I Liked your lens very much!

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      6 years ago

      Yes! I definitely want to go the Memphis Zoo! What a great experience you had and such a wonderful tour. You have my interest form the first step.

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      6 years ago

      I love a zoo and it looks like the Memphis Zoo needs to be on my list to visit! Thanks for the tour. It definitely whetted my appetite to visit!

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      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      This looks great. My kids and I love our local zoo where we're members but they've never been to a zoo in another city.

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      6 years ago

      The Pandas are a rare treat because not many zoos have them. I really enjoyed your photos of the animals. You're so talented!

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      kabbalah lm 

      6 years ago

      I guess I need to plan a trip there

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      6 years ago

      I've heard great things about the Memphis Zoo.

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      Dawn Romine 

      6 years ago from Nebraska

      Haven't been to the Memphis Zoo, but am a zoo aficionado and didn't know they had Pandas. If you ever get to Omaha Nebraska, you need to check out the Henry Dorrly Zoo, it's the best in the country. Really it is, just got voted the best zoo in the world actually.

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      6 years ago

      Yes. Looks like a nice zoo.

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      Holley Web 

      6 years ago

      Happy Valentines Day! Had to step back in here with a blessing on these gorgeous animals at the zoo! :)

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      TACTCI LM 

      6 years ago

      Would love to take the kids on a trip to the Memphis Zoo next time we go that route.

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      6 years ago

      I love zoos

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      6 years ago

      You have such beautiful lenses! I'm very inexperienced on Squidoo, though, I am making a concentrated effort at figuring it out more - is there any way I can add you as a favorite in Squidoo or something?

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      6 years ago

      I would visit if I had the chance.

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      6 years ago

      I'd love to! Looks wonderful. Have you ever read 'Last Chance to See' by the late Douglas Adams? It's a very funny, very moving account of animals in danger, and the author's feelings about komodo dragons seems quite similar to your. Really worth the read, Thanks for this lens - really lovely.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I would like to go to Memphis Zoo.

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      one SquidAddict 

      6 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures! Whenever I take photos at a zoo they always seem to come out as small creatures very far away. Blessings!

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      6 years ago

      It looks beautiful. I would love to go sometime

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      Freestuffer LM 

      6 years ago

      The white tiger! I love to see that.

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      6 years ago

      The Memphis Zoo sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I love going to the zoo and go whenever I can. I do not believe I have ever had the chance to go to the Memphis Zoo, though.

      I surely do enjoy an' appreciate your visits. :)

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      6 years ago

      Looks like an excellent Zoo!! Blessed

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      6 years ago

      thanks for the tour. I wish visit

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      6 years ago

      Very nice informative lens on this topic!

      Thumbs up for your great job!

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      6 years ago

      Would love to visit there

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      Essentially Ind 

      6 years ago

      wow so natural HUB :). Visiting such an Eco-friendly zoo will definitely be a fun, but before that i got a small ride of it via your LENS. No doubt why this lens got Purple Star...........Thumbs Up.

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      6 years ago

      The Memphis Zoo looks so fun! I would love to go there if I ever come to this lovely town

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      Lisa Morris 

      6 years ago

      The Memphis Zoo looks like a great place to visit. I love all the pictures. Blessings.

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      6 years ago

      Memphis Zoo is one of the few examples of how to animals in zoos should be hosted and treated ..

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Memphis zoo certainly seems to be a place worth visiting. Thanks for the tour

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      6 years ago

      This looks awesome. I hope to visit it someday in the future!

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      6 years ago

      I love the Zoo! wonderful lense.

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      6 years ago

      I agree, the Memphis Zoo is a wonderful zoo. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading, photos are awesome :)

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh I love all the animals. I would love to see it. Great page!!

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      designworld lm 

      6 years ago

      What great tour of the Memphis Zoo. Now I definitely want to visit it for myself.

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      6 years ago

      I love going to the zoo. Amazing job with this lens! I enjoyed reading and looking at the images.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      the animals seem to be happy even if they are "incarcerated". sweet panda is dozing off or is he/she making stretching?

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      6 years ago

      great..amazing lens

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      Blonde Blythe 

      7 years ago from U.S.A.

      This is awesome! You've given me an idea for my next vacation! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @Michey LM: Thank you so much for the visit and the blessing!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @OrlandoTipster: I certainly agree with you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: The Memphis zoo is awesome! I am certain you will enjoy your visit to the Memphis zoo!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @sandi_x: Thank you! I love photographing animals!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @coolmon2009 lm: Thank you ! It is an awesome zoo!

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Fabulous Zoo! I enjoy immensely. Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      Zoos are cool and very affordable way to have a great day!

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      7 years ago

      I have been to Memphis many times, but I have never been to the Memphis Zoo. After seeing your photos I am defintely going to the Memphis zoo the next time I am in Memphis.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful photos

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      coolmon2009 lm 

      7 years ago

      Looks like a nice place to spend a day; nice images and lens.

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      7 years ago

      I love all of the photos. Blessed!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      Gorgeous animals in the Memphis Zoo! I'd love to visit there.

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      Winter52 LM 

      7 years ago

      That does seem like a great day out! That red Panda is so cute but would never have guessed that he was a Panda!

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      7 years ago

      I would love to visit the Memphis Zoo. This looks fabulous!

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      7 years ago

      Interesting lens and looks like a great zoo.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like an excellent zoo. Excellent lens also.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @biggking lm: I believe you are asking me about the little Red Panda that is the first photo on this page.

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      biggking lm 

      7 years ago

      what kinds animal is that in the tree?

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      7 years ago

      This zoo looks fantastic and I've never heard of it before! You should do some guest blogging at

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      7 years ago

      Yes, you have convinced me I would definitely like to visit the Memphis Zoo! And you have reminded me how long it has been sinc I have made a trip to my local zoo, 13 years. It is time I revisit and hopefully I will do so soon. Blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

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      7 years ago

      I bet there's at least one animal called 'Elvis'

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, beautiful photos! Well done!

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      7 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Great review of this zoo, blessed!

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      GOT LM 

      7 years ago

      Nice zoo!

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      7 years ago

      I love visiting zoos when I travel. Putting this one on my bucket list.

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I love zoos, too. The one in Memphis looks like a great one.

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      7 years ago

      Wow, this zoo has everything, I actually like the frogs rather than the big animals

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      7 years ago

      I love zoo's, we recently went to one as our family holiday and it was Amazing. Beautiful pictures btw.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @Wednesday-Elf: I have been to the St. Louis zoo several times. It is an awesome zoo! We have spent many enjoyable days there.

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      7 years ago

      Never been but its now on my to do list!! Gorgeous lens thank you so much for sharing :)

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      7 years ago

      The sick wing separates sick or injured animals from others and allows for proper recovery time. The quarantine wing is used for newly-acquired animals, which are quarantined for at least 30 days upon arrival at the zoo before being introduced to their new homes

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      7 years ago

      I'd love to visit Memphis zoo! Great lens. You presented it well.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like a fabulous zoo! I love zoos. Great photos too!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I've been there! Was many years ago, way back when I used to live in Memphis. Wonderful article and photos! :)

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      7 years ago

      Returning to congratulate you on front page honors for the Memphis Zoo!

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      yes, i would love to vist memphis zoo with my family. this is a wonderful lens with great pictures. ~blessed~

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I'd love to go to Memphis Zoo having seen all of your wonderful personal pictures and description of it :)

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      7 years ago

      It has come a long way. I can remember when the big cats were on slabs of concrete. I went about 5 years ago, and I plan on going in a few weeks. Have you checked out Pink Palace?

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great way of seeing all the animals. The last time we were in South Africa, I could harldly see the hippos head and here you see their full body.

    • CameronPoe profile image


      7 years ago

      not sure why, but i love those white tiger pics

    • Lenskeeper profile image


      7 years ago

      Memphis has a nice zoo. I went there a while back and saw the pandas! Good lens.

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The Memphis Zoo looks like a really outstanding one. Definitely need to visit it someday, perhaps on a trip back to St. Louis, as I drive up I-55 right past Memphis! Outstanding photographs here. Thoroughly enjoyed my zoo tour.

      Last zoo I went to was the St. Louis zoo last summer with my grandsons. Very hot day -- 100 degrees -- and throughout the zoo paths they had large 'misters' for people to stand under and cool off. Clever! :)

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      Susan spencer 

      7 years ago from Texas

      The Memphis Zoo was the place to go on vacation while I was growing up. I think we visited almost every summer. I no longer live close to Memphis, so it has been years since I have gone. Thank you for this article. You have reminded me of so many summer memories with my family. I didn't know they have added so many wonderful new features to their zoo. I must visit there with my kids soon.

    • SquidooMBA profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens. I grew up in Memphis and they have done a lot to make the Zoo a nice family outing over the years.

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      C A Chancellor 

      7 years ago from US/TN

      The Memphis Zoo looks very impressive! We just went to the Nashville Zoo for the first time (it's closest) and it was a HUGE disappointment -- overpriced, too few exhibits, too few animals at each exhibit, and much too much walking between exhibits. I'll have to see how far Memphis is from us and maybe we can go there sometime.


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