Strut Your Stuff! Win Tickets To Zoo Rendezvous (Giveaway Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 5th 2018 1455 0

The Memphis Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country, and this weekend, they’re throwing one of the top parties in town: Zoo Rendezvous. Want to go? Tickets are still available here, or you can keep reading to find out how to win a free pair.

****Congrats to our winner, Christina Babu!! Thanks to all who entered.****

Honestly, y’all, this may be the biggest giveaway we’ve done on the blog in a while…

Zoo Rendezvous is this Saturday, September 8 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $200 per person. At the event, you’ll be able to roam select parts of the Zoo and enjoy a smorgasbord of food and drinks, plus live music on several stages.

How to win:

Try samples from about 70 restaurants and bars like Gus’ Fried Chicken, Frost Bake Shop, Folks Folly, Railgarten, Hattie B’s, The Bayou…plus some awesome local catering companies like Hog Wild, CFY, and Heart & Soul. A few I’m personally excited about: Elwood’s, Strano by Chef Josh, Texas de Brazil, and Philip Ashley Chocolates. You can see the full list here.

Panda stuffing her face like we will be doing at Zoo Rendezvous. 

I’ve never been to Zoo Rendezvous (sad!) so I asked my pal, Memphis Flyer columnist Meghan Stuthard, for her tips:

  • Bring money to tip bartenders like you would at any big event.
  • Food lines may be longer at the front, because people walk in and go to the nearest station. Maybe walk around or head to a less crowded area to help the flow.
  • “Festive and fun” cocktail attire is suggested. You’ll be walking around to try all that good food, so keep that in mind when choosing shoes.
  • It’s going to be warm, so keep that in mind, too.
  • The animals are mostly asleep or inside because it’s night time and that’s what animals do. Don’t – and I quote – “be  the drunken buffoon trying to wake up the flamingoes”.

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How To Win (Giveaway Ended)

 I have two tickets to give away for this Saturday’s event – a $400 value – and this is how you can win them:

  1. Leave a comment on ****this blog post**** telling me your favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo.
  2. I will do a random drawing on Friday at noon and email the winner.

That’s it! Just click on the comment below and leave a comment. Good luck!


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Caroline McGuinn says:

    The elephants are my favorite thing to see!

  2. Cat says:

    My FAVORITE has been and always will be the hippos.

  3. Bekah McDuffie says:

    My favorite thing is definitely the polar bears!

  4. Donnie Linville says:

    I love the Egypt theme, and how updated it is.

  5. Doug M says:

    I love taking my daughter to the zoo, to the budgie house! She loves it!!

  6. Lauren W says:

    The pandas because we both love to just sit, hang out and eat.

  7. Allison says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo has always been the giant animal statues at the front of the entrance. Even though there are clearly signs that say “Please Don’t Climb,” you will always see kids (sometimes grown adults, cough cough *myself*) jumping on the alligator or the lion for a picture. It’s just too good of a photo opp to pass up.

    I mean, come on. Who hasn’t done this before?

  8. Doug M says:

    Taking my daughter to the budgie house!!

  9. Ruth Shockley says:

    My favorite thing about the Zoo is Cat Country, or maybe the butterfly exhibit, or maybe the aquarium. I just can’t decide!

  10. Lauren says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is how wonderful all of the exhibits are. The zoo is definitely one of the best zoos, if not THE best zoo, in the country. If I had to pick one animal in the zoo that is my favorite, it is the otter gang. They are so cute when they chase butterflies.

  11. Zachary Downes says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is that its authentic and a good representation of Memphis it self. In its own weird way, it represents Memphis by the different species it has there and the variety of things to do. It is like a small, animal kingdom version of Memphis itself. Memphis is a place for authenticity and a cross grounds for some many different people and cultures. I think its the best place to take your family and or just spend the day.

    I also love feeding the giraffes.

  12. Kayla Kreunen says:

    My favorite part of the Memphis Zoo is the Pandas!!!!

  13. Charles B. says:

    The penguins, of course.

  14. Sophie Austin says:

    The new elephants (and their names) – Bambi and Daisy!

  15. Charity Siebert says:

    The Nocturnal Exhibit! It is so cool, though a little smelly, with the bats and other creatures like the scorpions with their ultraviolet-reactive exoskeleton. I just love being able to see wildlife that is normally obscured from our normal view whether by being underground or simply nocturnal and reclusive. Plus, bats are so cute and misunderstood.

  16. Dalton case says:

    My favorite part is walking through the primeape area.

  17. Whitney says:

    I love the hippos!

  18. Kim Gurley says:

    Teton Trek!

  19. Ali Duggan says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo. Now that I have kids I think I’m most thankful for their water play options — the Nile river up front & the splash pad in teton Trek!

    Generally though, I adore the beautiful outdoor space the zoo offers. And I really love the Herpaterium!!!

  20. Michael says:

    The pandas are my favorite!

  21. Erin Townsend says:

    Obviously the sloths are the best part about the zoo, especially Baby Lua! The new Hippo exhibit is awesome too.

  22. Mary Beth Lott says:

    Individual membership is reasonably priced. Great value. My favorite times are winter and rainy days!

  23. William Parsons says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is all the events they do there, such as Zoo Rendevous, Zoo Brew, Zoo Boo and Zoo Lights. Also, the animals are cool too… the pandas are the dopest!

  24. Sarah Parsons says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is all the FREE PARKING that surrounds it.

    The warthogs are really cool, too. (Pumbaa is my spirit animal.)

  25. Jan Coleman says:

    I always go see the Bonobos because I adore how the guy apes go up to the gals and put their arms around the ladies as if to say, “Hey Baby. Want to give it a go?” It’s like watching soft porn that’s acceptable to view. The bonobos enjoy themselves, no concern with people gawking and/or tittering at them. Besides that, the females are the head of household in bonobo world–the girls are in power and they remain close to their sons even into adulthood. How cool is that? After moseying through the ape area, I always go watch the wolves. They prowl, sleep, eat pretty much like my pet dog, but their eyes reveal such calculations going on in their brains. They are true predators pacing around their enclosure when it’s mealtime like they would happily eat a person if he or she happened to fall onto their turf. Nature at it’s purest.

  26. Rachael Mimbs says:

    Hey girl hey! – my favorite thing about the memphis zoo are the stingrays – they are the most precious things ever 🙂 oh and lets not forget the funnel cake fries !

  27. Charity Siebert says:

    I love the nocturnal exhibit! It’s so cool, though a little smelly, to see creatures like the bats and the ultraviolet-reactive exoskeletons of the scorpions. Bats are adorable and so misunderstood. I love watching them fly and their cute faces. I think it’s really great to be able to see wildlife that is rarely observable due to their night habits or because they live below ground.

  28. Chris Jones says:

    I love to see all the baby animals! They’re so much fun to watch as they stumble around and run to mom. We’ve got a world class zoo with a world class breeding program!

  29. bryce miller says:

    I’ve been going to the Zoo my entire life and I have to say that my favorite part of the zoo is how far it has come in the past 30 years! I can remember when it was easy to see/do everything the zoo had to offer in one day. Now, it takes days to see everything!

  30. Chris Faulkner says:

    My favorite part of the Memphis Zoo are all the scattered relics from bygone days. There are structures still there that I remember from growing up in the 80’s, and there are even bits and pieces that my mother and even my grandmother can remember as children.

  31. Amanda Chandler says:

    We love the Memphis Zoo! It is such a great place to spend time with family, especially when you have little kids. We love the giraffes! I also love to take my time walking with my kids the wolf lodge area and then as they play in the sprinkler and run around I can take a minute to relax in one of the rocking chairs.

  32. Erin Townsend says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the sloths, especially Baby Lua!!!

  33. Shell says:

    During the summer, I love feeding the birds in the Budgie House. I enjoy the keeper chats as well!

  34. Linda Dunn says:

    How easy it is to get to and how accessible it is as a venue in a city. I lived in NY for a long time and to get to the Bronx Zoo was a slog. I have visited zoos in other major cities and it was never easy there either as a tourist. Here in Memphis, the zoo is close by from any neighborhood and I can go with very little trouble. Of course I like the variety of animals that it has and how well kept they are!

  35. Penny Molzahn says:

    I love visiting the elephants and bonobos! Great zoo!

  36. Matthew Floyd says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the excitement of my 4 yr old daughter. Its nonstop fun the whole time. The only bad thing is having to leave. We been members the last 2 years.

  37. Jonathan McCauley says:

    My favorite thing about the memphis zoo is the night to remember it gave me when I got to marry my best friend!

  38. Sarah says:

    The warthogs are my favorite. (Pumbaa is my spirit animal.)

  39. Bryan Walker says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the positive attention it brings to Memphis! When friends and family from others places talk about how ‘bad’ Memphis is, I remind them of our food, music, urban parks, AND our world-class zoo!

  40. Josh Campbell says:

    My favorite thing is the gift shop. When my son was young we would always go to the zoo. I told him that he could pick one animal figurine from the gift shop every time we went. We have hundreds of different animals and figurines from that gift shop

  41. Hannah Christiansen says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo are the keeper chats! I love hearing more about the animals and my son loves getting to pet them!

  42. Zoo Rendezvous! says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is how much they post about new babies! From Winnie to the newest little giraffe. They care a lot about the future and well being for these creatures!

  43. Hannah A. says:

    We ❤️ the Memphis Zoo! My favorite thing about the zoo is that it serves as one big playground for my 3.5 year old. There are endless opportunities to learn about wildlife & different cultures, to experience nature, to run & play & be silly. We interact with people from all backgrounds when we go to the zoo, and that’s part of what makes it a special place. It’s also a great feeling to support a very special Memphis institution. We are now, and plan to be members of the zoo for life!

  44. Lyncie Genae' Crawford says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is Free Tuesdays! It allows a fun family experience for those who may not be fortunate enough to afford general admission otherwise. I also like that the Memphis Zoo provides numerous volunteer opportunities for minors needing credits for school, internships, community service hours, etc. My son was able to complete the community service hours he needed for school course and had a great time doing it!

  45. Charles Christiansen says:

    My favorite part about the zoo is being able to feed to giraffes. I love being able to get up so close to the animals.

  46. Heather Glissen says:

    i love watching the hippos swim!

  47. Kim Morrow says:

    My favorite thing at the zoo is definitely the Monkeys. I absolutely love when they are active and putting on a show.

  48. Denise says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is visiting the pandas (when they’re actually awake! lol).

  49. Jeff says:

    My favorite part about the zoo is the Northwest Passage, but all of the events they put on are always awesome!

  50. Lauren D. says:

    The pandas! And any special events hosted at the Zoo!

  51. Lyncie Crawford says:

    My favorite part about the zoo has, and always will be, free Tuesdays! It allows families to enjoy all the experiences of the zoo that they not be able to afford otherwise. As a kid I loved going to the zoo on Tuesdays and as an adult, I was able to share the same experiences with my son.

  52. Michelle says:

    I’m a big fan of the African Veldt. I always stop and visit Mashamba the giraffe – we have the same birthday!

  53. Lisa Allen says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is how it continues to grow and evolve, constantly creating better environments for the animals and better experiences for Memphians.

  54. Dee M says:

    Favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the flamingos!!

  55. Vanessa Fernandez says:

    I love the Memphis Zoo.
    Was there for graduation pre party.
    Love the bears and the water falls.

  56. Peter says:

    My favorite is Cat Country, but let’s be real we all love splashing in the water long after we grow up

  57. Kristen Daniel says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is getting to view or meet an animal and discovering the Zoo given name of the animal and on occasion learn specific personality traits of that animal.

    I cant wait to bring my one year old there for the first time and to see her reactions.

  58. Angie Terry says:

    My favorite thing at the zoo is the Sea lion show! We watch it every single time we go! It never gets old!

  59. Nick says:

    My absolute favorite thing at the zoo is the Northeest Passage exhibit and cabin, fortunate to attend two weddings there, it’s just breathtaking.

  60. John says:

    I love two things. First how they are consistently making all of the exhibits better for both the animals and visitors. Second, I love the occasional interaction with certain animals, especially feeding the giraffes.

  61. Samantha Devio says:

    I love going to see the pandas! They will always be my favorite!

  62. Rebecca says:

    Howler monkeys when they are going at it…are the best! So much to love at the Memphis Zoo!

  63. Jason says:

    I love the beautiful location of the Zoo in the heart of Memphis!

  64. Jeffrey Davis says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is that it is our zoo. Everything about the zoo screams Memphis, and the animals have a soul swagger to them as well.

  65. Tiffanie says:

    I love how excited my youngest two get over all the animals but I’m also a huge fan of the meerkats! They’re adorable!

  66. Barbara J Williams says:

    I LOVE TO SEE HOW WELL THE ANIMALS GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER AND HOW AT PEACE THEY LOOK……

  67. Sarah Wilson says:

    I love the Zoo. I’ve grown up in Memphis and I remember the awful old cages. I love the way they have improved and expanded. I love thanking my kids and watching them be excited about the animals.

  68. Al Rogers says:

    Memphis has best zoo in country and bear exhibit is the greatest part of the zoo

  69. Lizzie says:

    The pandas are my favorite!

  70. Niki Riedell says:

    Still to this day my favorites are the monkeys!! They are still so much fun to watch even though their exhibit is not the newest one!! The Sealions are fun too!

  71. Melanie says:

    Love the tigers and grizzly bears, of course! #901

  72. Steven says:

    My family and I love the Memphis Zoo. I’ve been going pretty much my whole life. It’s a great representation of our city! My favorite part of the zoo right now is the sting rays. The primary reason is because my 9 year old son drives me crazy each time we go so he can visit that part.

  73. Melanie Stamper says:

    The Northwest Passage!

  74. Cecil says:

    My favorite is the hippos

  75. Clifford Froelich says:

    It’s hands down the best zoo. Price, facilities, parking… I absolutely love the whole package

  76. Jenny says:

    I love the Memphis Zoo! I love how we have pandas and I love the China exibit! I have never been to a fancy event at the zoo!

  77. Tiffany says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is all the babies, an abundance of cuteness. My husband and I used to live in midtown and we would bike to the zoo on Saturdays just to see the animals.

  78. Chris R. says:

    The thing I love about the Memphis Zoo the most is the staff. They are so friendly and kind each and everytime I go! They go out of there way to make sure the guests have an incredible experience. This is espicially true during large event such as the one on Saturday. They provide service w/ a smile. Thats what I love about the Memphis Zoo the most!

  79. Drew Mason says:

    Zambezi river exhibit and Winnie

  80. Jacqueline Wood says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the sea lion show. I take my son to see the sea lions and it is always like the first time. The Keepers are very informative and sea lions are so entertaining to watch.

  81. Laurence says:

    Pandas!

  82. Shannon Little says:

    The sea lions have always been my favorite part about they zoo. They’re so fun.

  83. Jess says:

    I love the Grizzly Bears.

  84. Nick says:

    Favorite thing about the zoo: the meerkats, because they have dark circles around their eyes which makes them relatable.
    And all of the new babies, of course.

  85. Dan says:

    I love the tiger exhibit…GO TIGERS!

  86. Cristin Caccamisi says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is EVERYTHING. I’ve been to a lot of zoos in different cities and in the last 15 years, our zoo has become an incredible place! I love taking visitors to the zoo and am so proud that our city has such a great place.

  87. Sara says:

    My fav and always 1st stop are the meerkats exhibition! I’ve been going every year on my birthday.

  88. Justin T says:

    For the longest time my favorite thing about the Zoo were the numerous events and special exhibits hosted throughout the year that continue to bring the community together. I moved to Memphis almost 5years ago and the first event I ever participated in was Zoo Brew. I enjoyed seeing so many from our community enjoying cold drinks and live entertainment together.

    Recently my favorite thing has been taking my niece (3yrs old) to the zoo and watching her explore and learn. My first date with my finance was even at the zoo!

  89. Justin Burkhead says:

    I love the new hippo area!

  90. Alicia says:

    The penguins and their personalities!

  91. Justin Burkhead says:

    I love the hippo area!

  92. Shelby Davis says:

    I love the Memphis Zoo because of the education and awareness of different types of animals it brings to the Mid-South. It’s just a great place for children and adults!

  93. John says:

    Love the bat house!

  94. Alicia Butler says:

    As a cat person, Cat Country has always been my favorite.

  95. Sarah korah says:

    Memphis zoo is one of the best attraction you can find here. The variety of animals you see there is amazing. But the best part for me was the panda. They were too cute and I could not stop watching them.

  96. MaryRea Ragghianti says:

    The best thing about the Memphis zoo are the amazing exhibits and the membership so my son can go to zoo every week.

  97. Sarah Conte says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo, for one it’s practically my backyard. I love the layout and themes of the zoo. I love that there is something for everyone. My all time favorite part of the Memphis Zoo is seeing the Pandas( like you posted they are always shoveling the bamboo)!!! They have the life.

  98. Dana says:

    My favorite part of the zoo is the sloth and panda bears!

  99. Tracy Skalski says:

    I love Cat Country and getting to take my nephew to Zoo Boo when he was little.

  100. Kristin says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo are the polar bears that can swim up to the glass window!

  101. Cathy Bryant says:

    Never been to the Memphis zoo so this would be a great 1st experience.

  102. Andy says:

    I like how cute the pandas look.

  103. Jessica Kostic says:

    Hi I ❤ Memphis! My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is that people of all ages can enjoy spending the day there. Whether you’re taking the kiddos to see the animals or going on a day date with your significant other, there is always something fun to see and do. Plus the animals are SUPER cute!

  104. Carla says:

    There are so many great things about the Memphis Zoo it’s hard to choose but it wouldn’t be a zoo without all of those wonderful animals!

  105. Lezli Peeler says:

    I love that the Memphis Zoo continues to get better and better as the years go on!

  106. Eddie Roe says:

    The soft serve ice cream at the Cat House Cafe. Love when the Gibbons bang on the windows beside it too lol

  107. C London says:

    My favorite part of the zoo are themonkeys. They are pretty cool animals who love being themselves and putting on for the crowd. It’s never a dull moment

  108. Colleen Marie Fischman says:

    I love the hippo exhibit! I was there when the baby hippo was born and it was so adorable! I also just love the vibe of the whole zoo, it’s beautiful!

  109. Michael I. says:

    Animals of the night In particular the naked mole rats and vampire bats

  110. Yagna Angirish says:

    My favorite is the reptile room!

  111. Marie Chew says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the polar bear exhibit!!

  112. Sherry Greene says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is still Cat Country. Even though it’s the oldest of the “new” exhibits, it shady meandering walkways and cave-like nooks among the big cat exhibits are always the first place I go. The tigers are especially entertaining, playing and cooling off in the water in their large enclosure. Even asleep the cats are as cute as a housecat and awake they appear powerful and are moving to watch.

  113. Sarah says:

    This sounds fun!

  114. Kerri says:

    I love how I feel like a kid again every time I come to the Memphis zoo!

  115. Jessica S says:

    We love EVERYTHING about the zoo, but especially the elephants and pandas!

  116. Robyn says:

    I love the vampire bats. They are so sweet.

  117. Vicky says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the memories I have of my first date with my husband and how awkwardly bad it went lol. Still worked out though.

  118. Sally Mae says:

    Everyone always says it’s lame, but my favorite thing is the petting zoo area! I love all the little ducks/chickens running around, the gardens, and the donkeys are my absolute favorite animal in the entire zoo!

  119. Sally says:

    I have always loved the bird house! The tiny owls when you leave and the area you can walk in are my favorite parts of it!

  120. Tracy Shipp says:

    I’ve NEVER been to Zoo Rendevous and I’d LOVE to go! It’s our 3 year anniversary this weekend, so there’s that, too. And did I mention that Holly and the I Love Memphis blog are the best EVER?? 😉

  121. Kaesha koons says:

    The Memphis zoo is one of my favorite places in all of Memphis! I love going just to be outside and watching the animals! My favorite part about the zoo is that I know they care deeply about their residents! They are so dedicated to the animals. I have sat and talked to the keepers many of times and they love their furry friends! 🙂 I have always wanted to go to zoo rendezvous but have never had the opportunity! 🙂

  122. Sascha Xander says:

    I love Memphis Zoo because of it’s staff. They are all fabulous, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The animals are a huge plus! I also love that they are upgrading their habitats to better care for their charges.

  123. Aynsley skye says:

    I love Snow leopards and I’ve been going to the zoo since I was a little girl to see the snow leopards. I still get that excited feeling every time I go to the zoo as I did as a kid. The zoo just keeps getting better and better!

  124. Shaina Zakalik says:

    The pandas!

  125. Annie says:

    I love the Memphis Zoo! 🙂 So many animals to see, but of course the best is being able to feed the giraffes!!

  126. Brittney Donaldson says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the giraffes. At any angle, you can take a picture with the long neck friends. On a non busy day during the assign hours, you can feed them. I haven’t got to do that yet. It’s on my list. Another fun thing about the zoo is Zoo Lights. It’s just fun to see the lights in a different way during the mist wonderful time of the year.

  127. Tammy Williams says:

    My favorite part of the zoo is everything about it! I go to the zoo several times a year and I always brag about our great zoo! I’ve compared our zoo to other cities and the Memphis zoo is by far the greatest!! Love our zoo!!❤️❤️❤️

  128. Liz says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is definitely the big cats! The lions are so amazing and the tigers enclosure is so beautiful!!

  129. Angela says:

    I love all the memories I have from the Zoo! I like watching the cute little prairie dogs run around and popping up in the bubble to watch them!

  130. Selby says:

    My roommate and I love the zoo and attending this event would be so fun! We’ve always wanted to go but can never afford it.

  131. Aimee Robinson says:

    The baby elephants

  132. Eliza Ray says:

    I LOVE the polar bears!! They’ve been my favorite exhibit for as long as I can remember! The seals are pretty cute and fun to watch too!

  133. Jennifer says:

    Hippos!! Also love going to Zoo Lights.

  134. Ken Z. says:

    My favorite part of the Zoo is the northwest passage. It truly reminds me of being in Seattle.

  135. Chris Anderson says:

    Naked. Mole. Rats.

  136. Christina Babu says:

    The hippo exhibit! One of the best in the country.

  137. April says:

    My favorite thing are the hippos.

  138. Harsh says:

    The tigers are the best. Love the Memphis zoo!

  139. Jessica Driscoll says:

    I love the zoo!! Especially the Hippos and the wolves at Teton Track!

  140. CURT SWANSON says:

    My favorite part is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.

  141. Andy McIntyre says:

    I love how the zoo continues to evolve. They don’t settle on being one of the best zoos in the country, but they continue to make improvements.

  142. Ang says:

    I love watching the penguins and polar bears!

  143. Alexandria says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is not only the zoo itself and the renowned respect that our zoo has, but the staff at the zoo itself! I’ve had the pleasure of attending several events and getting to know some of the people who make the show run so smoothly and it’s truly amazing! Pancakes with penguins was sooo much fun but watching the keepers interact with the animals is truly inspiring and has led me to continue to donate on a regular basis and suggest to others that we continue to do so. The constant renovations and additions they bring to Memphis as a community is admirable and I’m so happy we have such a hard working force, can’t wait to see the sky walk!!!

  144. BOBBY WILKERSON says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is that we have such an awesome zoo right here in our city!

  145. Monica Springhart says:

    I love the exhibit with the otters!! so cute.

  146. Nina Jones says:

    Honestly, I’ve always been a fan of the creatures of the night section. Love all their big eyes!

  147. Stephanie Zuckerman says:

    I love that the Memphis zoo has pandas!!

  148. Donald Hackett says:

    1. The zoo is always updating and keeping things new and exiting.
    2. The animals all look happy…. not like some zoos
    3. So many baby animals
    4. Affordability

  149. Nikki Gardner says:

    The Memphis Zoo has been one of my favorite places since I was a child and I now love bringing my son. My favorite part about the zoo is the Keepers Chat. It’s an inviting experience where we can engage and learn up close and personal.

  150. Lauren says:

    I would love to attend!

  151. Brittany B. says:

    I love the polar bears. They are such beautiful animals! Plus, on a hot day, the northwest passage is a great place to cool off and watch the bears!

  152. Tessley says:

    We would love to go to Zoo Rendezvous!

  153. Curt says:

    My favorite part is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.

  154. Kari Powell says:

    I love the whole zoo! So hard to pick a favorite spot!

  155. Karen says:

    I love that the zoo displays animal artwork from local schools whenever a new exhibition opens.

  156. Ann says:

    I love the Hippos especially now that they have a better exhibit.

  157. Rachel says:

    I love that it’s located in one of the most beautiful parts of town and seeing the elephants!

  158. Jared D. says:

    Our favorite part of the zoo is the Northwest Passage! From Polar to Bald Eagles, it’s truly amazing.

  159. Ginger Harrison says:

    As a child, I’d not visited a zoo nor had a grandmother to take me, so now that I’ve been given the opportunity to be a Grandmomma, my babies and I go at least once a year. Zoo Boo being a favorite event!

  160. Danielle Padgett says:

    I love the community feel of the zoo yet the large abundance of animals. It mirrors the soul of Memphis, small town feel but big city offerings! I would love to go to zoo rendezvous!

  161. Sarah says:

    I love the panda bears and the grizzly bears!

  162. Karen H says:

    My favorite part of the zoo is that it is in the middle of the city and the history behind that.

  163. Lisa Everly says:

    I LOVE the Zambezi River exhibit! I’ve been to Africa so it reminds me of being there!

  164. Laura Everly says:

    I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️

  165. Laura Everly says:

    I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️

  166. Laura Everly says:

    I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️

  167. Elin Irvin says:

    The Memphis Zoo is such an awesome and vital part of Memphis. It brings people together from all walks of life in this melting pot of a city. The animals, the people who work there and the events they put on for this city is a joy. 901 all the way!❤️

  168. Emily S says:

    My favorite thing about the is how it’s not just a zoo to see all the beautiful animals but also a museum in a way because of all the LEGO, art sculptures, and Ripley’s believe it or not things there from time to time. It’s a great way for me and my kids to see and experience new things.

  169. Lydia Luther says:

    It’s my last year of school in Memphis, and Zoo Rendezvous has been such a dream to go to since I’ve been here!

  170. TERESA A. says:

    My favorite thing about the Zoo is how much it has grown and developed over the years yet still retains reminders of my visits to the Zoo as a child. As far as the animals go, my favorites have always been the primates.

  171. Tessa says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is cat country. Also, the front entrance during Halloween when they dress up the statues of the animals.

  172. Tracie Stephens says:

    I love how you can watch the polar bears play underwater

  173. Katie says:

    Chasing the cheetahs at zoom through zoo!

  174. Laura H. says:

    Love the uncertainty of if a bird will ever fly onto my head in the bird house….!
    Our family loves the zoo!!

  175. Elizabeth Rabb says:

    I love how amazing my city’s zoo is, really love zoo lights!

  176. Laura Hughes says:

    Love the uncertainty of if a bird will fly onto my head in the bird house….!
    Our family loves the zoo!!

  177. Gerrie Walters says:

    My favorite part of the Zoo is the polar bear exhibit. They’re so beautiful and amazing.

  178. Shelly L says:

    Best thing are the hippos! My daughter (who’s 8 now) at 2 said she wanted to HUG a hippo…. so we went to the Memphis zoo and of course took a picture of her with a hippo. Now, we go every year and have pictures of her growing up with the hippos. So worth the 2 hour drive.

  179. Whitney C. says:

    We love the Memphis Zoo! I love seeing my kids faces light up all the animals, especially in Cat Country!

  180. Kim says:

    I’ve always loved the China exhibit, but my other favorite part of the zoo is during member nights and special events when all the kiddos jump in the fountain to swim. It’s not usually allowed, except for on special occasions, but they always have so much fun, that it’s hard not to let the children wade around other times as well. Love remembering my daughter as a little swimming in the fountain!

  181. Meagan says:

    I recently moved to Memphis and honestly haven’t been to the zoo yet So this would be the perfect first visit for my boyfriend and me

  182. Susannah Hutchins says:

    Favorite thing would be the peacocks roaming around the entrance of the zoo. I have fond memories of chasing them around as a kid, then my mom pulling me into the gift shop and buying peacock feathers to appease me.

  183. Ashley Saulsberry says:

    First off, let me say I absolutely LOVE your blog!! As a Memphis native, it is truly sooooo Memphis! ☺️
    I’ve loved the Memphis Zoo since I was a kid. I would love when our schools would take us in Elementary! Besides the animals of course, what I love most about the Memphis Zoo are the seasonal events each year! From Zoo Boo at Halloween to Ice Skating and enjoying the Christmas lights during the Winter. Unlike most Zoos, it keeps you engaged all year round!

  184. Amie Harper says:

    I love our zoo, always a great time with my boys! We get great use out of our yearly pass! Their favorite is water parts at the front! If I had to pick it would probably be the polar bears!

  185. Cherie M. Ganesh says:

    The Memphis Zoo is beautiful and one of the best in the US. As seniors it’s fun to watch the children interact with the animals. We’d live to go to the Zoo Rendevous!!!

  186. Lee says:

    The grizzly enclosure!!! close 2nd….the otters 🙂

  187. Brian says:

    There are so many things that I love about the zoo. Buy my favorite thing about the Memphis zoo is feeding the giraffes!!

  188. Amanda says:

    The elephants & meerkats are my favorite. Feeding the birds is a solid favorite too!

  189. Go y Woods says:

    Feeding the giraffes is always a treat and something I look forward to!

  190. Colter says:

    My favorite thing at the zoo is cat country!

  191. Rachael Gorline says:

    I love the new hippo area!

  192. Heidi Burns says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the diversity of animals. Always something new to see and learn about!

  193. CURT says:

    My favorite are actually the goats on the farm. They are so funny.

  194. CURT says:

    My Favorite is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.

  195. Rachel says:

    I love the bears!

  196. Allison says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is Cat Country.

  197. Erin West says:

    I love the hippos at the zoo. They just make me happy every time.

  198. Curt says:

    I think the goats at the farm are hilarious.

  199. Curt says:

    I think the goats at the farm are hilarious. They are definitely my favorite.

  200. Fred P says:

    Meerkats!!! Also the Zoo has done an awesome job with the new exhibits opening every few years… Teton Trek, NW Passage, Hippo Camp.. we have a GREAT ZOO.

  201. Ken Z says:

    I love the Northwest territory – It really reminds me of the pacific northwest. It’s done very well.

  202. Stacy says:

    All the different cats!! Especially the lions!

  203. Ken Z says:

    I think the Zoo does its Zoo Lights campaign very well. It really sets a winter holiday mood and is a great time to get some friends and spend an evening at the zoo.

  204. Jessica Davis says:

    I grew up in Memphis and I never realized until I got older and visited other cities how awesome our zoo is. My family ate zoo members and I love taking my boys! It has been a lifesaver with a 3 and 5 year old to have such a cool place to take them on the weekends. It gets us all out of the house, and let’s them experience so many animals that they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see. Our favorites are the penguins and giraffes. It’s so big that pushing a double stroller around the whole zoo is a great workout as an added bonus! I tell everyone I know to get a membership. The zoo is definitely one of the things I love most about Memphis!

  205. Karen says:

    The zookeepers and how hard they work to keep the animals healthy and happy so we can all enjoy them! Also Rowan the baby Orangutan, because could you get any cuter?

  206. Shaina Zakalik says:

    I don’t see my other comment, so I’m trying again! My favorite at the zoo is the panda exhibit.

  207. Nick Watkins says:

    My favorite thing is how we used to go there on field trips as kids!

  208. Liz Harrell says:

    My favorite thing at the zoo is how well heir exhibits are made and how well they are maintained. Same goes for the rest of the zoo, they take such good care of it so the public can enjoy a clean zoo.

  209. Lee says:

    The Grizzly enclosure!! A close 2nd, the otters 😀

  210. Kelsey Clarkson says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the Northwest Passage. The sea lions are always entertaining and put on a great show. Also who doesn’t love a Polar Bear?!

    It’s a pretty awesome transformation our zoo has gone through since I was a kid going there.

  211. Vince says:

    There’s a lot to love, but I’m going to stick my neck out and say the Giraffes are my favorite.

  212. Katie Maynard says:

    I love to the baby animals with their mommies!

  213. Katie Maynard says:

    I love to see the baby animals!

  214. Karen Wright says:

    I love the monkeys, especially the babies 🙂

  215. Amanda says:

    I absolutely love the giraffes and the cat lounge at the zoo!

  216. Meredith says:

    I absolutely adore the polar and grizzly bears! The new baby giraffe is adorable too! ❤️

  217. LaSha says:

    My favorite part of visiting the zoo is getting to see the giraffes. My daughter gets so excited when we visit them!

  218. Erin Nelson says:

    PENGUINS!!!! 😉

  219. Amanda says:

    Our favorite thing at the zoo (right now with a toddler..!!) is the petting zoo and the “wions!!” We love the Memphis Zoo!

  220. Juan Manuel says:

    My favorite thing at the Memphis Zoo is feeding the giraffes. So true, they were the center piece in our engagement announcement.

  221. Mike says:

    The Red Panadas are the best!

  222. Terry Lane says:

    The tigers and cougars are my fave animals to see at the zoo! I just wanna cuddle up with them, but I’m thinking that might not be a good idea?!

  223. Reina Christian says:

    By far my favorite attraction at the Zoo arethe sealions! Such jovial souls those sealions have and they remind me to have s good time in life!

  224. Jackie says:

    What’s not to love about the Memphis zoo?
    The panda bears and polar bears are definitely favorites.
    Teton Trek is awesome.
    Once Upon a Farm is much fun for kids.
    All the above plus lions, tigers, elephants, hippos, and giraffes.

  225. Dirk Kitterlin says:

    I love the sea lion show and the polar bears!

  226. Renee Raiford says:

    I LOVE The Memphis Zoo because it is the epicenter of Memphis activities for all ages no matter what season! Winter, Sunmer, Spring, or Fall! Events we enjoyed as kids we now pass on to future generations!

  227. Christina Naguiat says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo other than the animals, are the various exhibits that they put on throughout the year!

  228. Josh says:

    The pandas!!

  229. Ruth G. says:

    I love what they’ve done with the Rhino exhibit. Such an improvement from years ago. I like how you can view them under the water or go upstairs and look down at them.

  230. Josh says:

    I love that, despite the fact it has been expanded, updated, and upgraded several times over the years, it still feels as amazing and magical as it did the first time I walked past those giant animals out front as a kid so long ago. I’ve been a member for many years as an adult, but it never fails to stir up excitement when I know I’ll be visiting. It’s such a fantastic representation of Memphis and our community.

  231. Katija says:

    I love the wide variety of animals and habitats at the zoo!

  232. Margarett says:

    I love the elephants! But my boyfriend will say the frozen lemonades are the best part.

  233. Lisa Carayiannis says:

    Red Pandas are my favorite part of the zoo!

  234. Erin says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is cat cat country!

  235. Stephanie Adney says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the naucternal exhibit with the bats!

  236. Alicia Johnson says:

    My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the hippo exhibit! We loved seeing the baby!

  237. Chris says:

    I love how our zoo is a gathering place for the whole city, from Zoo Boo and Zoom thru the Zoo and all the activities and camps it offers. And nothing beats our flamingo welcome to the new, amazing hippo home!

  238. Tom says:

    We love seeing the hippos in their new home with plenty of room to swim!

  239. Glenda Padgett says:

    As a result of urbanization we have become increasingly removed and alienated from nature. A trip to the Memphis Zoo gives me contact with nature in its wildest form. It is a restorative experience, an oasis in the mayhem of city life that gives me an inner calm. I am looking forward to my next visit to the Memphis Zoo and the calming effect it gives me as I stroll through the paradise it offers.

  240. Glenda Padgett says:

    As a result of urbanization we have become increasingly removed and alienated from nature. A trip to the Memphis Zoo gives me contact with nature in its wildest form! It is a restorative experience, an oasis in the mayhem of city life that gives me an inner calm. I am looking forward to my next visit to the Memphis Zoo and the calming effect it gives me as I stroll through the paradise it offers.

  241. Anna says:

    Love slurping up a frozen Minute Maid while riding around on the air conditioned trolley!

  242. Keely Toney says:

    It was fun to see the new baby Giraffe

  243. Mark sanchez says:

    I love to go on a weekday in the fall. Walking around and enjoying the calm of all the animals and the structure of the zoo.

  244. Mary says:

    My FAVORITE thing about the Memphis Zoo are the bonobos!! They are so adorable and active. I could watch them all day!

  245. Angela Cornell says:

    The Memphis Zoo has multiple events through out the year that bring the community together. From Zoo Boo to Zoo Lights, these events provide the Memphis community a place to celebrate the animals and congregate in celebration throughout the year. These holiday events were some of my favorite to attend throughout my childhood and now into my adulthood. I love getting to share these memories with my husband and his family.

  246. Joshuah says:

    My favorite thing as the Memphis Zoo is Christmas at the Zoo. It’s enjoyable to see the Christmas lights out along with the animals.

  247. Stephanie Peterson says:

    We love our Memphis Zoo! Our favorite thing is checking out the nocturnal animals . The black lights and fluorescent colors add some extra fun for the kids. 🙂

  248. Deborah Crawford says:

    I’ve been enjoying the Memphis Zoo for more years than I will admit here, and I love the animals —the penguins, the elephants & giraffes, the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But my favorite is always the monkeys (and apes.) Kindred spirits? Perhaps.

  249. Deborah Wallace says:

    I ❤️ The hippos! Who couldn’t love a hippo!

  250. Brittanee says:

    The sloths and elephants!

  251. Bill Shaltis says:

    My favorite part of the zoo is the Teton Trek area. I love the replica of the Yellowstone Lodge and the Grizzly enclosure is great!

  252. Virginia says:

    I like watching the polar bears swim.

  253. Lindsey Rothenbach says:

    My favorites are the hippos!

  254. Christi Hopkins says:

    I love the Memphis Zoo because it is an iconic feature in our wonderful city!..just as iconic as the Bridge, or the Redbirds, or Graceland! I am proud to be a Memphian when I stroll through the Zoo. It is spectacular how the Zoo family makes our family feel right at home, yet it seems that I am worlds away from being right in the center of Memphis as I hear all of the calls of the monkeys and am surrounded by all of the natural scenery on display. I am grateful to our city and what we have in the Memphis Zoo!

  255. NATALIE BARNETT says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the giraffes and of course the hippos!

  256. Alison says:

    My favorite thing about the zoo is the pandas!

  257. Michelle Glissen says:

    Polar bears are my fave!

  258. Andrew says:

    Hard to pick a favorite, but hippos and the big cats are way up there!

  259. Nichole Roberts says:

    The Primate area is my favorite area and the seasonal exhibits.

  260. Mary says:

    I LOVE the bonobos! They are so cute and active. I could watch them all day!

  261. Cassius J Cole says:

    I love the fact that the Memphis Zoo is 1 of 3 zoos in the U.S. to have pandas and love that you can ride camels.

  262. Venisha Whitley says:

    HI!! I love the Zoo…my favorite part of the zoo is the Panda exhibit. I love the animals that you come into contact with when you first enter. Then once I get to the Pandas I like to just sit an observe them in their moment, they could be eating, walking around or my favorite……. they sleep sitting up…. it reminds me of my Grandpa. 🙂

  263. Sara says:

    I love the African Veldt and Cat Country!

  264. Kate says:

    Love coming to the Memphis Zoo to see Penny the gorilla. 🙂

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