Memphis Zoo

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  • Address: 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN 38112, 38112, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9013336500
  • Fax: +1-9017259305
  • Ticket Price: 15 USD
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries

About Memphis Zoo, Memphis

This zoo is situated in the Midtown area of the city and is owned by the Memphis city. The original area of the park and zoo was the Overton Park and this zoo is just a part of it. The zoo boasts of around 3500 animals belonging to over 500 species. Some of the many parts of the zoo that were gradually added are the elephant park, aquarium, botanical garden, tropical bird shelters, monkey island, etc.

The exhibits of the zoo include:

  • Teton Trek: This is a replica of the Old Faithful Geyser of the Yellowstone National Park. The animals you will see here include grizzly bears, elk, gray wolves, trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes.
  • Northwest passage: This is where you will see the polar bears as well as many under water species. This part of the zoo also has a medium sized ampitheatre where sea lion shows are put up. This passage is also the home for the bald eagles and ravens of the zoo.
  • African Veldt: African elephants, giraffes, zebras, Grant’s gazelle, white rhinoceros, ostriches, African cranes, bontebok, oryx are the rare species seen in this part of the zoo.
  • Crocodile cove: As the name suggests this is the croc haven of the zoo with a variety of these. The most remarkable is the Nile Crocodiles.
  • World of Waterfowl: This part has 2 bridges that makes way along a beautiful wetland that is the spot for lovely Chilean flamingos.
  • Birds and Bees: This part boasts of a wide variety of migratory birds as well as honeybee hives.
  • China: This place has a fantastic list of Chinese attractions such as giant pandas, otters, David’s deer, gibbons, langurs, etc. There is also a Chinese pagoda tower here.
  • Primate Canyon- This place is home to species such as Gorillas, Sumatran orangutans and gibbons.
  • Cat country: This is a rare shelter for various species of cats from all over the world.
  • The other parts include shelters for hippos, dragons and reptiles, tropical birds, penguins, marine species, etc. 
  • The ponds, lakes and rocky falls make another pretty picture of the zoo.
  • There are various rare and exotic trees such as sweetgum, sycamore, tulips, oleander and many others.

Memphis Zoo Information

  • The zoo authorities are planning to introduce river camping facilities very soon.
  • There is a bimonthly magazine of the zoo known as Exzoobrance.

Memphis Zoo Ticket Prices

  • $10 for 2- 11 years.
  • $14 for more than 59 years and $5 for parking.

How To reach Memphis Zoo by Public Transport

  • Bus number 56 to University @ North Parkway

Restaurants Near Memphis Zoo

  • Cat house Cafe
  • Outpost Snack Station

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  • 69.96% of people who visit Memphis include Memphis Zoo in their plan

  • 56.85% of people start their Memphis Zoo visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Memphis Zoo

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93.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Memphis Zoo

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Memphis Zoo, Memphis Reviews

  • Good zoo, the best within 300 mile radius. The baby macaque is adorable! The baby hippo is a true joy! Great hippo exhibit. Some exhibits seem especially small---like the cheetah exhibit that says they love to run and it just has enough space to briskly pace. The zookeepers are friendly and informative.

  • Had a great time at the zoo! Definitely worth the trip and even though it was a very cool day we enjoyed the adventure. Wasn't ecstatic to find out they charged $5 for parking but seems about every place does now. As we arrived the entrance was larger than expected with many stone carved statues and Egyptian motifs. Was about $15 per ticket, moderate considering. Would be nice for family day packages like I've seen in other cities. As you enter it has a similar feel to many other parks, someone taking pictures and shops as you enter. The park itself felt well kept and was large. Lots of interesting animals and exhibits that changed throughout the different sections. Overall it was entertaining and we had a good time. One thing to note was there was an extra charge to enter where the sting rays were, $2 per person and more to feed them. Maybe necessary during busy periods but seemed a little unnecessary with how busy they were.

  • This is a very good zoo with excellent exhibits and organization. The animal enclosures appear to be well maintained. I visited with my family on Easter weekend and the animals were out and enjoying the sun. The big cats were especially active as were the elephants and panda bears. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail in the structures in the China portion. Travel between exhibits was good and the was a team as well as a stream train available to ride. There were also camel rides and a carousel. Admission was reasonable $15 for adults and $10 for children, but admission is half the cost of you have a membership at the St. Louis zoo. Parking is somewhat limited and costs $5 so arrive early. There is food available, including a chicken and waffles stand shaped like a pagoda. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is a playground for the kids and several gift shops. This is a good place to visit as part of a weekend trip to memphis.

  • It's always a pleasure to visit the Memphis zoo. The staff is great. The exhibits are phenomenal. The featured exhibits are usually pretty neat. This time was the Ripley's. It is a little pricey, but well worth it. Great place for all ages.

  • I have the family pass and love it. I drive in from Arkansas at least once a month. My kids absolutely love this place. My 5 year old girl wants to someday work here in the snake exhibits. They also have a great play place for when we stop for lunch. I am head over heels in love with the stingrays and giraffe feeding stations. My husband loves watching the crocodiles eat. There is something for everyone. I recommend getting the year pass!

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