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Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

A team from Mississippi State University has been using poop donated by giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le from the Memphis Zoo to shift production of biofuels away from corn and other food crops and toward corn cobs, stalks and other non-food plant material.

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

2008-10-04 09:00:14

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilo t NORFOLK One is furry. Two are leathery. Three have shells. And four are scaly. Yet they're all babies. There's a baby boomlet at the Virginia Zoo. Ten baby animals were born in the past couple of months.

2008-08-08 21:00:15

The Memphis Zoo took a public relations punch when it felled 139 trees a few months ago to make way for the new $13.5 million Teton Trek exhibit on the zoo's eastern edge. There's no question it's considered one of the top zoos in the country.

2008-08-08 21:00:00

By Linda A Moore As a city that ranks first in fat and crime, Memphis now has a No. 1 to be proud of. The Memphis Zoo has been named the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor, a Web site (Trip Advisor.com) that features travel- related reviews from regular citizens.

2008-08-06 21:00:17

By Linda A Moore The battle for what's best for the old-growth forest at Overton Park moved to City Hall on Tuesday as a representative from a citizen's advocacy group made a pitch for more oversight.

2007-05-24 00:40:00

A panda at the Memphis Zoo is definitely pregnant, officials there said Wednesday. Ya Ya, a giant panda, was artificially inseminated in January after she and a male companion failed at mating the old-fashioned way.

2007-01-12 08:56:10

The Memphis Zoo is hoping a few days of privacy will include a magic moment between its giant pandas.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.