More than 3,500 creatures call the Memphis Zoo home, and they hail from all over the world. African lions and tigers prowl around the Cat Country enclosures. Lowland gorillas and baboons mosey around Primate Canyon. Timber wolves and grizzly bears patrol the Teton Trek. You can get up close and personal with all of these critters as they go about their daily lives within the Memphis Zoo's 70 acres.
It's almost hard to believe that the zoo once had only one resident: a black bear called Natch. The former baseball mascot launched the zoo back in 1906. Now more than a century later, more than 500 different species carry on the legacy that Natch began all those years ago. Those species include the giant panda, and the Memphis Zoo is one of only four in the U.S. that has the honor of hosting these enormous creatures. Meet Le Le and Ya Ya in the new China exhibit. You can also get acquainted with the zoo's hippos, many of them the offspring of the world's oldest hippo, Adonis. He lived at the zoo until 1965, dying at the ripe old age of 54 (still a record).