Leaping Langurs!

We bet you’ve never seen a more adorable monkey than the one named Ripley! Believe it or not, Tanah, a 22-year-old François langur, became the oldest of her species ever to give birth. Unbelievable! No wonder the zoo decided to name the baby langur Ripley. Located at the one and only, Memphis Zoo, you can find Tanah and Ripley hanging around greeting guests with all their cuteness.

Celebrating Ripley

To celebrate the birth of baby Ripley, we will be teaming up with The Memphis Zoo to bring you nine days of incredible fun and exclusive exhibits to the zoo! Starting Oct. 7, you will be able to enjoy Ripley activities including a scavenger hunt, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! designed coloring page for kids, some awesome François langur Keeper Chats, plus an interactive Ripley’s Believe It or Not! show where you can experience our out-of-this-world Ripley’s exhibits in person!

“Although the keepers named Ripley after Robert Ripley and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,” said Nancy Kelso, Vice President of Guest Services, “we could not have imagined that the news would bring this exciting event to the Zoo. The nearest Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is in Gatlinburg, Tenn., so not only does it give additional attention to the Memphis Zoo and our François langurs, it offers the opportunity to enjoy these incredible exhibits right here at home.”

Monkey Ripley

Tanah and Ripley Courtesy of Greg James

Did you know?

  • The Memphis Zoo has 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species.
  • The Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906.
  • It has completed over $93 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s.
  • Over 50% of François’ langur’s diet is made up of leaves.
  • The population of François’ langur has been on a steady decline for the past 30 years.

Remember, gates close on Sunday, October 15! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the incredible Monkey, Ripley!