Memphis Zoo

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Memphis Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mommytwofour
Davenport, IA114 contributions
Family
A little pricey for what you get to see. They are currently in the process of adding on to the exhibits so portions of the property is closed off. Visit Memphis in July is seasonal hot time of year. Most likely would be a great place to see in early fall or late spring.
They have a wonderful splash pad and play ground for kids.
They advertise that you can see giraffes , sting rays and camels all these are at an additional fee and have limited times to experience. The overall condition of the zoo was ok. Although it appeared that the enclosures could all use a little TLC especially the penguin enclosure. The polar bears were out of view due to there enclosure didn’t offer pool for cooling off or any sort of shade. The reptile area was awesome one since it was air conditioned and two due to the many species they had to view.
Due to current COVID safety protocols many areas had a 10 min wait to enter buildings which in the heat was a little rough for some.

Definitely would recommend bringing water and possibly and umbrellas for shade while walking around the zoo. Family of 5 to visit cost 130$ before the additional items like feeding giraffes or touching sting rays .
Written August 5, 2021
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
My husband & I enjoy visiting zoos and seek them out on our travels; we have been to dozens of them—small, medium, & large. This zoo had a lot of great features, but it also had some big negatives, in our opinion. It was very much a “mixed bag.”

First the good: The size of the zoo and the variety of animal residents afford a great wildlife-viewing experience. The Egyptian-theming at the front section was attractive. The China area was nicely done, and we enjoyed seeing the pandas very much (one was chewing away right by the window, the other was sleeping). The walk-through tropical bird house was very good, with a great number of beautiful specimens on display. (Noisy adults & kids did not respect the “quiet zone” posting in there, though!) Primates are my favorite mammals, and the variety here is pretty good. The hyperactive Francois langurs were entertaining to watch, as were the swimming and diving polar bears.

The drawbacks here: My biggest complaint is the lack of maps provided—either printed, posted throughout the zoo, or even at their website to print & bring along (that one is not labeled to show habitats or even rest rooms or cafes!). The signage is poor in many areas, and I am sure we missed habitats and pathways leading to exhibits (and no, I don’t want to walk around a zoo staring at our cell phone to find our way!). Also, we didn’t like them charging extra to view the kangaroos or giraffes after a long walk back to those habitats. We found only one café open, even though it was a busy Sunday in April (80 degrees that day). We noticed numerous picnic tables scattered throughout the zoo (not near the open café), but the website says no outside food is allowed!? Finally, the restrooms seemed to be few and far apart.

In all, we spent 4½ hours here (and walked over 15,000 steps, according to our tracker). We were glad we visited but didn’t find it the easiest zoo to explore due to the missing maps. Many habitats were surrounded by thick wire fences, so taking nice video or photos there was not possible. There were some long walks between habitats (at the right side of the zoo) where the grounds were quite unkempt and unattractive. There must an airport nearby, as we heard noisy jets flying overhead the whole time. For these reasons, I couldn’t rate this a top zoo.
Written April 29, 2022
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Earline B
4 contributions
Family
I have been to Zoos all over the country and this is one of my favorites. It has an Egyptian decor and it is a fairly large zoo with lots of exhibits. I like the way they create a theme around animals from certain parts of the world. For example Panda bears has bamboo sticks & Asian style buildings. There is a tram and the driver gives you jokes & info on the animals. I always have a wonderful visit. Tuesdays are busy but you can always come on a different day or pay and visit before the crowds arrive. The crowds don't bother me just lots of kids & families enjoying there visit...the more the merrier!
Written December 28, 2021
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VeniceVerdon
Boston, MA54 contributions
What a lovely zoo! Recommend getting there early in the day, as animals often are out when its cooler weather.

Definitely do the giraffe feeding - it's near the back of the zoo and is only $5. Get there before the families make their way to the back and the line gets long! We got to feed one of the baby giraffes and have a nice prolonged interaction with the keepers.

Animal exhibits are well kept, and zoo is large but not super taxing to get around. Wide walkways for strollers and wheelchairs.

Maps need to be made more readily accessible for visitors - I had pulled one up via Google but would be helpful for paper maps to be distributed (or if not due to COVID, large visual ones populated throughout the park). There is also frequent air traffic from the nearby airport, so be prepared for that.
Written June 17, 2022
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bookworm8
Memphis, TN227 contributions
We visited the zoo Monday. It was a cool day and many of the animals were active.
I have my favorite activities as does my son like feeding the stingrays (extra cost, not available Monday.) We paid extra for walking inside the kangaroo enclosure. They have a mine area there where you can buy dust to mine for stones or fossils for $7-10. We have paid the extra fee twice and have yet to see the kangaroos active or even up close. Supposedly the kangaroos are more active at opening or near closing. They were huddled at the fence far from the walkways. ( I probably won't try this again unless it's at opening.) The zoo continues to improve and offer new areas. We are members of the zoo and other local sites primarily because my adult son is autistic and needs enrichment and exercise. Inflation is causing me to reevaluate memberships and other costs. The zoo too probably faces rising costs in feeding and caring for animals. I paid $4 plus for a Gatorade for my son ( I thought it was expensive when it used to be $3 plus!) I had planned for our family to eat lunch at the zoo, but changed my mind after that. It costs $3.50 for water. For a family of 4 it's $14 just for water. I recommend taking a picnic and your own water. There are tables at the back of the zoo. A cheap souvenir is the pressed penny and you can buy these in zoos, National Parks, etc. They have a book holder for them (passport) for $9 plus tax if you want to collect them from other places. The penny machines have gone from 51 cents to $1.01 in some places (a hefty jump), but that is still cheaper than other souvenirs. Frankly, I think families need to watch how we spend money and save it when possible. There are splurges that are worth it, but $3.50 for water and $4 plus for Gatorade isn't.
Written April 19, 2022
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Jonathan T
Hope, IN339 contributions
We enjoy visiting zoos as we travel around the country--have now been to almost 20. We would rank this in the top half and recommend it to people who wish to educate themselves about ongoing conservation efforts. It is located in a lovely urban park. The drive in is relatively easy and parking was ample the day we arrived. The zoo itself has a park like feel with extensive trees and plants/flowers and the Egyptian themed entrance seems appropriate. The grounds were clean as were restrooms. Based on past experience we felt admission price was quite reasonable. We like big cats and this zoo has many. Another highlight has to be the pandas as only 3 zoos in the US now have them (San Diego's were returned to China a couple years ago, so only Atlanta and DC currently have them). Animals seemed well cared for and staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
Written June 13, 2021
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Kristy E
Cartersville, GA7 contributions
Family
The zoo was really good way to spend a few hours before heading home from a 5 day road trip. We saw lots of animals that we normally don’t see. My only complaint would be that there are ‘extra’ exhibits that you have to pay for inside the zoo. No one at the ticket counter told us that you could pay a minimal fee and ALL exhibits would be included. My suggestion would be to increase the price by $5-10 per ticket and include all exhibits!
Written July 18, 2022
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Becky R
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My first thought was "if you've seen one zoo, you've seen them all!" But I really enjoyed the Memphis Zoo. The big cats are simply stunning! Of course the panda bears are fun to watch. It was a unseasonably cool day when we were there, so many of the animals from warmer climates were not active. I wasn't at all impressed with their "aquarium" - much better aquariums elsewhere. Elephant display was great. Lots of elephants to enjoy. The primates all seemed so sad. Made me feel sad. The hippopotamus display is impressive. My biggest disappointment was in the giraffe display. If you don't pay to walk up onto a little platform where you can feed the giraffes, you will only be able to view the very top of their heads. No way to see them from the path. Equally the kangaroos were only viewable if you pay extra to go into that area. That's a little disappointing, but not a deal breaker. (I've seen lots of giraffes and kangaroos in other zoos). Overall, it was a pleasant way to spend the day.

Only food venue open was in middle of zoo near the lions, and while it had a pleasant place to sit outside and watch the lions while you eat, the food is EXTREMELY overpriced ($8 for a soda!) You will need to pay $10 to park and over $25 a person to get it, then have at least $45 for a couple to eat/drink - but if you're prepared to lay down $100 for a day at the zoo, it's a pleasant and fun experience!
Written April 25, 2021
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crazzzya
Houlka, MS1 contribution
Family
Probably will not be going to the Memphis Zoo any more. Shameful that they would charged $160 for 7 people to enter the zoo, but they charge to see a lot of the animals, giraffes, kangaroos, sting rays and more, you have to pay $5 a person, even if your going with a kid. It has really become more of a racket than an exhibit. Considering what we actually got to see and the price, not going back.
Written June 11, 2021
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Tony T
Mississippi1,389 contributions
We used to go to the Zoo several times a year, but kids are grown and grandkids not as close as they used to be, We still keep our yearly membership just to support the Zoo. This weekend was the first time in 3 years that we've been back. It's obvious that Covid has had an effect on the zoo and the attractions. It is still worth taking the family to enjoy the day outside. If you are a budget, always remember you can bring your own water and food. I still recommend Memphis Zoo as a great family outing. Can't wait to have the grandkids thus summer and go back.
Written April 27, 2022
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