Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Today was Baby Day at the Memphis Zoo. To celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, they scheduled several Keeper Chats where visitors could see and learn about baby animals.
Orangutan family, baby Rowan, mother Jahe, father Tombak.
Winnie, baby hippo, left, and Binti, mother hippo, right.
Francois’ langur family, infant Reagan in the middle.
A romp of young otters. Did you know a group of otters is called a romp?
We had lunch at Cathouse Café. We were slightly disappointed that they changed the pizza recipe. Edible, but not as good as it used to be. The zoo restaurant is in what used to be the building for the big cats years ago, and has three food counters: Sabino’s Memphis Grille, and Pranzo’s. You used to buy pizza by the slice at Sabino’s. We did the arithmetic; it was cheaper to buy a whole pizza to feed a family of four. Now, Pranzo’s does individual pizzas and they aren’t as good as Sabino’s pizza used to be.
The Memphis Zoo is also hosting a Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit. We saw part of it recently, and wanted to go back and see the rest, as well as the accompanying show. Most of it is odd statuary, like a cheetah made of chicken wire, but there are also optical illusions, shrunken heads, and a Frisbee made of human cremains.
King Kong statue, made of recycled tires, 10 feet tall, weighing nearly a ton. Made in Thailand.
Dragon made of recycled metal, including household items.
St. George and the dragon.
There was a show where they passed out cardboard fans that said “believe it” on one side and “not” on the other side. The host of the show showed artifacts and told about them – panda poop, vampire hunting kit, giant spiders, Clever Hans – and asked us to show by our fans whether or not we believed her tale. Given the heat of the day, the fans were very welcome. Unfortunately, we had to give them back so they could use them for the next show.
Photo Credits: Ian Macdonald took the hippo picture. I took all other pictures.