Latest Matt Thompson Stories

2009-07-23 13:19:57

The curator of the Memphis Zoo says three orphaned grizzly bear cubs are due to arrive soon. Curator Matt Thompson said the cubs, whose mother was killed by a hiker in Montana, will be housed at the zoo's new $16 million Teton Trek exhibit once they arrive, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said Wednesday. Thompson said the cubs are currently being housed in the Zoo Montana in Billings, Mont., in the wake of last Sunday's northern Montana shooting. They have graciously agreed to hold them for us...

2007-01-12 08:56:10

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Zoo is hoping a few days of privacy will include a magic moment between its giant pandas. The panda exhibit was closed for 72 hours beginning Thursday to give Ya Ya and Le Le some time to mate. A female panda has only three days a year to conceive, according to Matt Thompson, the curator of the zoo's mammal wing and overseer of the panda exhibit. The two have been placed together during previous mating periods although officials didn't hope for much because...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.