Large mammals are always a favorite of zoogoers, and the African Veldt is where you find them at the Memphis Zoo. Giraffes, rhinos and elephants call this corner of the Zoo their home.
The exhibit is currently receiving some renovations including new entry signage, natural timber benches, pathway lanterns and an enlarged elephant exhibit - featuring a pool that allows elephants to submerse and bathe.
A large, grassy area is centered in the exhibit, offering picture-worthy views of ostriches and antelope.
Factoid: A giraffe's kick is so powerful, it is capable of killing a lion in one single blow.
Exhibited Species: East African Crowned Crane Ostrich
African Elephant Bontebok Grant's Zebra
Dik Dik Klipspringer Antelope Nile Lechwe
Reticulated Giraffe Scimitar-horned Oryx White Rhinocerous
This exhibit was the first to have both above ground and underwater viewing at the Memphis Zoo, though it originally housed penguins. Today it is an exhibit dedicated to species found in the waters of the deep South.
The star of the exhibit is "Gumbo," a 200-pound alligator snapping turtle. Gumbo was a resident of the Zoo's aquarium for many years before he moved to this outdoor, fresh water exhibit.
Factoid: Alligator snapping turtles are known to live over 100 years of age.
Creepy-crawlers have their place in the animal kingdom, so it is fitting that they have an exhibit at the Zoo!
Spiders! is an exhibit that showcases fascinating (and sometimes spine-tingling) invertebrates. One of its more popular residents is the Madagascar hissing cockroach - made famous by a TV show know for challenging it's contestants to eat these large,"fearful" bugs.
A number of venomous species are also on exhibit. Learn to identify them here in case you meet one of them later.
Factoid: Big spiders like tarantulas may seem scary, but it's small spiders like the black widow that are by far the most deadly.
Exhibited Species: Black Widow Brown Recluse Emperor Scorpion