Memphis Zoo is a beautiful zoo located in Midtown Memphis, in Tennessee, United States. This zoo homes no less than 3500 animals, representing over 500 species. Memphis Zoo first opened in 1906 on an area of more than 76 acres, becoming an important attraction in this part of Tennessee. There are so many beautiful spots to visit within this zoo that there is no wonder so many people decide to include it into their route. Below you will find a list of the most important exhibit areas located within this charming zoo.
1. East Zone
There are numerous great exhibits located within the East Zone. They are all presented below.
- Teton Trek is a 4 acre exhibit area which actually first opened in October 2009. Teton Trek is home to numerous impressive species, including grizzly bears, elk, gray wolves, trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes.
- Northwest Passage first opened in 2006. This is quite an impressive exhibit area, housing a wide range of polar bears. It offers visitors the possibility to see underwater buildings, sea lions and also to attend daily sea lion shows in a charming amphitheater. In this part of Memphis Zoo, visitors will also be able to see species such as American bald eagles, black bears, and white-necked ravens.
- African Veldt homes African elephants, as well as giraffe and zebras, white rhinoceros and African cranes.
- Crocodile Cove features a deep pool and numerous species of reptiles.
- World of Waterfowl features two wooden bridges that take visitors through a charming wetland. The venue is home to more than 30 Chilean Flamingos.
- Birds and Bees is an exhibit area which first opened in May 2009. Inside this area visitors will be able to learn about the role that bees have in agriculture. The area also features more than 500 budgies, colorful birds and numerous species. Visitors can feed the birds exhibited here.
2. Central Zone
- China is an exhibit area which first opened in April 2003. It features a great exhibit of giant pandas. Other species here include the Asian small-clawed otter, Pere David’s dear and the white-cheeked gibbon.
- Primate Canyon is an exhibit area which first opened in 1995. It features naturalistic, outdoor exhibits, including species such as the Western lowland gorilla, Sumatran orangutans and siamang gibbons.
- Commercial Appeal Cat Country is a 3 acres exhibit area which houses African lions, meerkats, Sumatran tigers, red pandas and Bengal tigers.
- Bonobos live in an indoor/outdoor hybrid exhibit area.
- Animals of the Night is a beautiful area within Memphis Zoo in which visitors will be able to watch the cycle of nocturnal animals.
3. West Zone
- Komodo Dragons is an outdoor exhibit area that features Komodo Dragons. This part of Memphis Zoo was specially built for the largest lizard in the world.
- Tropical Bird House features a variety of colorful birds in an outdoor habitat.
- The Aquarium houses aquatic life from both fresh and salt water environments.
- Penguin Rock features numerous species of penguins. Over 30 African Penguins live across the zoo.
- Once Upon A Farm is home to numerous species of farm animals, including Domestic Chicken, Miniature Cow, Guinea Hog, Pekin Duck and Miniature Donkey.
- Herpetarium homes animals such as snakes, alligators, lizards, and frogs.
- Round Barn homes Gerenuks, Warthog, Red River Hog, Nyala, Yellow-backed Duiker, Dik Dik, as well as Klipspringer.
As you can see there are numerous exhibits you can visit within Memphis Zoo. The views are spectacular and the zoo also homes numerous events. Visiting Memphis Zoo can turn out to be a great experience for all visitors.