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Memphis Zoo, Memphis

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#1 of 14 in Parks in Memphis
Home to over 3,500 animals, Memphis Zoo features more than 500 species spread out through more than 31 hectares (76 acres). Bring good walking shoes, because a full loop of the park's exhibits is a 3.2 km (2 mi) walk. You can visit different habitats and regions of the world and their native animals, like the African Veldt, the Crocodile Cove, the Northwest Passage, and China. Don't miss the Dragon's Lair, an area dedicated entirely to the Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard. Before you go, check the zoo's online schedule for information on zookeeper talks, animal encounters, and feeding sessions. To visit Memphis Zoo and other attractions in Memphis, use our Memphis road trip site .
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  • My family (kids 12 and 9)have been many times and it's always a great way to spend family time exploring the zoo. We spent most of the day and still didn't see everything. The grounds are well kept an...  more »
  • Memphis zoo is a great zoo for where it is and size of facility. They have all the main animals that most people want to see. The grounds and facility are kept up and there is always security roaming ...  more »
  • In December, we carried our church youth group to see Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo. It is a great event for a group. The Zoo is lit up at night with thousands of lights.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great Zoo with a lot of interesting animals...some I've never even heard of. Went in March and wasn't crowded at all and easy to enjoy all of the exhibits. The only thing that could have made it better is more snack and food options. We searched for a while looking for something to nibble before we finally asked a zoo employee where to find anything open. Would go again but pack snacks next time.
  • A terrific zoo! A most wonderful zoo among zoos! As of the time of writing this I have been to 12 zoos and this has been the most enjoyable to visit both times I went. I went once in the winter and once in the summer and both times the animals were magnificently lively. It is home to a wonderful variety of animals both large and small, including some very rare animals like the Giant Pandas and Komodo Dragons. None of which I expected after seeing the city of Memphis (I do like the city very much, but it is not exactly a gleaming international city...) Despite being one of only 4 American zoos with Giant Pandas, my favorite attraction at the Memphis Zoo is their wonderful Hippos! They are the fattest, happiest, and most active Hippos I've seen. There is currently a new Hippo exhibit being constructed that I cannot wait to see, but the old one, despite the fact it is basically a cement slab with a pool, provides great viewing and for some reason the Hippos love it there. They advertise as being the most successful American zoo at breeding Hippos and have had many born there over the years. I suggest going to see the Hippos multiple times during your visit and watching them for 10-15 minutes straight because they are always sure to provide a thrill. Whether it is yawning their unique and amazing mouths wide open, swimming, walking, showing off their impressive fat rolls, or spraying their poo everywhere to mark their territory, the Memphis Hippos never fail to entertain. The big cats section is excellent as well, with a great variety of tigers, cheetahs, leopards, snow leopards, lions, and smaller cats that are always roaring, playing, or staring at you. The Red Pandas are the most lively of any zoo I've been to as well. There is a old and kind of dingy aquarium, a cool reptile house, a nice China exhibit to accompany the Pandas, a great selection of large African animals, a nice farm/children's zoo, a free sea lion show, an Australian exhibit, and a very cool exhibit that imitates Yellowstone National Park, complete with Old Faithful! If you happen to find yourself in Memphis to see Graceland or party on Beale Street, be sure to stop by their world class zoo. You won't regret it!
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