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The Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo is fast becoming a world class Zoo in my opinion. It is one of only four Zoos in America that features giant pandas. There are over 3,000 animal residents, with plans in the works for a new bear exhibit, one of the workers told me on my last visit there. They have animal shows featuring sea lions and others, keeper chats that explain about the animal's habits and personalities, too.
One of the best things about the Memphis Zoo is there is FREE admission to all Memphis residents with proof of identification, on Tuesdays, after 2:00pm. It will still cost you $3.00 for parking though, and the China exhibit featuring our new pandas, is also an extra $3.00, with tickets available at the exhibit, should you decide you would like to see them.
$10.00 - Adults
$9.00 - Senoirs (60+)
$6.00 - Children (2-11)
FREE - Children under 2 and Memphians on Tuesdays after 2pm
March - October 9am - 6pm
November - February 9am - 5pm
Closed some holidays
See website below for more details.
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Sadly, I can remember when the big cats at the Memphis Zoo where in circus cages, and I couldn't stand going to the Zoo, because my heart would ache for them, having to endure such cramped quarters. I have videos, but no photographs to share of the past days of the Memphis Zoo. Since the multi-million dollar renovation, with the addition of Cat Country, there is a world of difference. I hadn't been in years, nearly decades, and one day I borrowed my friend's digital camera and decided to just go.
I had heard that the animals mainly hide and sleep, and it was difficult to get any good photos of them, but with a little effort, I was amazed at the incredible shots I managed. I did have to go back a few times to get this photograph of the lions, because he was hiding in a cave, but I believe it was worth the extra effort. Not that long ago, a male lion killed his mate during operating Zoo hours, but I am not sure if this is the same male in the photo. Just after I took this shot, he roared ferociously, and the female immediately got up and left his side. He was quite serious, whatever he said to her. Click on the photo to see the entire shot.
Please see my Cat Country travelogue for more amazing big cats at the Memphis Zoo, and the Dragon's Lair for an up close encounter with a real Komodo dragon, and a little too close for comfort shot of a crocodile as I was leaning over the rail to see if there was anything in there. I still quiver when I think of how I could have been lunch! He looked pretty hungry in the photo. I probably took over 100 photographs that day. I had so much fun with capturing the moment, but the battery died after about an hour and a half, so I must go back again for more fun. The Zoo is not just for kids.
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A very nice zoo with an ancient Egyptian motif entrance. My favorite exhibit was the meerkats. The zoo is also only one of a handful in the US with giant pandas.
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