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.