Family donates $500K for Memphis Zoo exhibit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Zoo is closer to raising the money it needs for its Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit.

The Commercial Appeal reports Thomas Garrott, former president of National Bank of Commerce, and his family have committed to giving $500,000. The zoo's goal is $17 million.

Garrett said the family had limited donations to education and the arts, but decided to give to the zoo because of all it has done for Memphis. He says it's not only good for tourism and business development, but is "inspirational."

The new "Hippo Camp" will host the zoo's two resident hippos: 54-year-old Julie, and her offspring, Splish, 24.

Flamingos, African crocodiles and other birds and fish will join the exhibit that will boast a waterfall, man-made rivers and underwater viewing areas.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 184750051 -
Gray Television, Inc.