The Memphis Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife
About the Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country and world by TripAdvisor® and USA Today’s 10Best, the Memphis Zoo has completed more than $93 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le. Its newest exhibit, the Zambezi River Hippo Camp, is currently under construction and opens in March 2016. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.
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The Memphis Zoo is completing another exciting year. With just over one million visitors, the Memphis Zoo is the number one tourist attraction in Memphis and the sixth largest tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. We are honored to once again be ranked as a top the zoo by Trip Advisor. This year’s ranking has us as #8 in the U.S. and #23 worldwide. This is our eighth consecutive year with a top ten rating. An Economic Impact Statement completed this year by the University of Memphis found that the Memphis Zoo contributes 83.8 million dollars in total impact to the Memphis economy.
The Memphis Zoo is an important quality of life asset for the City of Memphis and we strive to be a zoo for all people in our community. Each visit is an experience that enriches, informs, and inspires. This past year, we hosted 80,000 children on school field trips and 161,000 visitors during our Free Tennessee Tuesday Program.
Our conservation work has captured the regional and national spotlight as we make significant strides in several of our flagship conservation programs including Giant Panda, Louisiana Pine Snake, Mariana Fruit Dove and Dusty Gopher Frog. We were recently awarded a prestigious grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to establish the country’s first National Amphibian Genome Bank. This grant is the result of more than two decades of dedicated and diligent work by our staff.
Our new exhibit “Zambezi River Hippo Camp” is taking shape and we anticipate a March 2016 opening. This exhibit will bring state-of-the-art new homes for our hippos, crocodiles and flamingos. In addition, the exhibit will feature new species including okapi, padis monkeys, nyala, yellow back duikers, and a variety of African birds.
Next year will be our 110th anniversary as a Zoo. I want to thank our members and community partners for your continued support. It takes the effort of everyone to make this organization prosper, and to continue to be considered such a treasure in our community. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo soon.
CHARLES (CHUCK) A. BRADY
PRESIDENT & CEO
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Cortland
Bachelor of Arts, 1973, Biology
Graduate: Ohio University
Master of Science, 1975, Zoology
Doctor of Philosophy, 1982, Zoology
1975-1978 Research Assistant – National Zoological Park
1978-1979 Research Fellow – National Zoological Park
1979-1999 Curator of Mammals – Memphis Zoo
2000 Associate Director of Animal Programs – Memphis Zoo
2000-2002 Vice President & Director of Animal Programs – Memphis Zoo
2003 Senior Vice President and Zoo Director
2003 – Present President/CEO
MAJOR ZOO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS
1989-2003 Zoo Master Plan: Comprehensive ten year program which charted direction for growth and development of the Memphis Zoo.
1993 Cat Country: Fourteen open-air exhibits featuring both predators and prey. Cost $4.9 million.
1994 Primate Canyon: Seven open-air primate and ape exhibits. Cost $6.1 million.
1995 Animals of the Night: A nocturnal building featuring 19 nocturnal exhibits featuring over 400 nocturnal mammals. Cost $1.5 million.
1996 Once Upon A Farm: Eight farm yard exhibits and a large discovery center with the theme of man and agriculture. Cost $3.5 million.
2000 China: Three acre state-of-the-art exhibit designed to immerse the visitor in the architecture, culture, history and wildlife of China. The exhibit has a conservation theater which features an eight minute film on conservation efforts for the Giant Panda and numerous imperial style and Suzhou-style structures. Wildlife exhibits include Giant Pandas, White-Cheeked Gibbons, three species of Chinese Pheasants, Asian Small Clawed-Otters, Chinese ornamental goldfish, Red Pandas, Pere David Deer, Hog Deer, White-Naped Cranes and Chinese waterfowl. Cost $15 million.
2004 Northwest Passage: A series of exhibits for boreal mammals including Polar Bear, Sea Lions, Gray Seal, Black Bear, Bald Eagles and Ravens. Cost $25 million.
2006 Teton Trek: 3 acre exhibit that showcases the animals and history of the Yellowstone Teton Basin. It features Grizzly Bear, Timber wolves, Elk, Trumpeter Swans and Sandhill Cranes. Cost $17 million.
2013-2015 Zambezi River Hippo Camp: 3½ acre exhibit showing the wildlife, culture and traditions of the Zambezi River Valley. It will feature Hippos, Crocodiles, Ciclids, Flamingos, Mandrills and Okapi. Scheduled to open in 2015.
Memberships: American Society of Mammalogists
Animal Behavior Society
American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums
Society for Conservation Biology
International Society for Behavioral Ecology
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
2001-Present Jaguar Conservation Fund
2003-Present Giant Panda Conservation Foundation
Regionally, we see our institution staged to become the leader in environmental science education and having a significant impact on local wildlife issues and natural resource conservation. Globally, our goal is to provide conservation training, capacity building and technical assistance to wildlife and eco-regions that we manage in our collection.
Together, our staff will create one of the top U.S. zoological research, conservation and education facilities, while providing a professional and entertaining experience for our visitors.
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Memphis, TN 38104