Congratulations to the Memphis Zoo on today's big story in the Commercial Appeal about all the exhibit upgrades in the past 20 years. And we helped!
Since 1989, the City of Memphis contributed $36.5 million or 34 percent of the capital improvement costs, including a $5 million commitment to the Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit. The private zoological society raised $70.5 million or 66 percent.
The zoo is raising $15 million to build the hippo camp, which will be to the right of the entrance, where the old bear exhibits used to be. It will free the hippos from the bright blue pools they've stayed in since 1916.
Hooray for the hippos! But then can we build a parking garage? Pretty please?