What all started with a black bear named Natch in 1906, a retired baseball mascot, has now turned into the top zoo in the nation, the Memphis Zoo. Named America’s #1 zoo, this park features 70 acres, over 3500 animals, from over 500 different species. Located in Overton Park, Memphis zoo features many one-of-a-kind exhibits, such as the Americana themed Once Upon a Farm or the exotic and very popular CHINA exhibit. CHINA one of among only 4 exhibits in the nation that feature giant pandas, this specific 3-acre habitat being the home of Ya Ya and Le Le. This zoo is also home to the world's longest living hippopotamus, Adonis, living to be 54 until his death in 1965.
While here your group should check out the Primate Canyon, Crocodile Cove, Dragon's Lair, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, and exciting and interactive Animals of the Night exhibit. Stroll around the Chinese Gardens, Victorian Gardens, and other themed horticultural features. After you’ve spent your day seeing all the different habitats you can within the zoo, choose between great on-site restaurants such as the popular Cat House Cafe or Bamboo Grille, both featuring excellent lunch and dinner menus. You can also stop by the fun Memphis Zoo gift shop, the perfect stop for your very own Natch or Adonis plush toys or figurines!