The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. The zoo is set on 76 acres (31 ha), of which approximately 55 acres (22 ha) are developed. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Teton Trek, Northwest Passage and China.
The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Tammy and Timmy were a couple of gorillas who arrived to Memphis Zoo in April 1965 from Africa, becoming the first gorillas to be kept here. Beta gave birth in August 1980 a male named Kwanza, and, although he died three days after birth, he was the first baby.
The Memphis Zoo opened in 1995 Primate Canyon which includes a gorilla habitat and exhibits for nine other species of primates. Gorillas and visitors are separated throught a pit. A part of the outdoor enclosure is crossed by an small river. The exhibit is provided with many tree trunks and ropes to promote the movement of the great apes and to contribute to their environmental enrichment.