Zambezi River Hippo Camp to Open Friday



Memphis Zoo officials said Monday that the brand new Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit will open Friday, April 29. 

The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday. It will be the first major exhibit to open at the zoo since Teton Trek in 2009. 

“This is the most ambitious exhibit we’ve constructed to date – in terms of both the architecture and animals curated,” said Matt Thompson, director of animal programs at Memphis Zoo. “The Zambezi River Valley is a lesser-known, but extremely important part of the world. We can’t wait for visitors to learn about this area through a cultural experience like never before. Besides our new and rare animals, there will also be interactive stations throughout the exhibit for both children and adults to enjoy."

The four-acre exhibit will feature hippos, Nile crocodiles, okapi, nyala antelope, patas monkeys, yellow-backed duikers, lesser flamingos, cape vultures, and other African birds.

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