Memphis, Tennessee: Ancient Egypt Temple Zoo

Memphis was a capital in ancient Egypt, so it sort of makes sense that the Memphis in Tennessee made the outside of its zoo look like an Egyptian temple.

Memphis Zoo

Address:
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN
Directions:
Memphis Zoo. In the northwest corner of Overton Park. From downtown, drive east on Poplar Ave. Turn north on McLean Blvd. Turn east on Galloway Ave./Prentiss Place, which leads to the Zoo.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
901-333-6500
Admission:
Entrance visible only from paid parking lot.
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Ancient Egypt Temple Zoo

The entrance to the Memphis Zoo resembles an ancient Egyptian temple, complete with hieroglyphics on the walls. Once you're inside, the Egyptian theme continues with two more temple buildings and a large obelisk.

At the panda exhibit you enter through a pagoda and there are many other Chinese buildings and statues. The Northwest Passage area begins with a series of large totem poles guarding the entrance. I had originally planned to be there about three hours but ended up staying over six hours; it was that much fun.

[signmanjoe, 10/25/2016]

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